Boulder City will be holding an inaugural event this afternoon — the sounding of sirens for one minute at 3pm in downtown Boulder City, followed by the playing of “Taps” – during which everyone is asked to stand at attention.
The event is to observe the National Moment of Remembrance that was established by Congress and signed into law by then President Bill Clinton in 2000.
You might have first read about this in Glenn Nakadate’s column in the May 19th Boulder City Review…he gives a great timeline of how our inaugural event was started, what American Legion Post 31 is doing and how the Boulder City businesses and city departments (from Parks & Rec to the Police Dept.) have supported it. Check it out on page 4A if you missed it.
This morning, Fan Kimberlee Mayer Green posted the following detailed information for us:
“American Legion Post 31 will hold a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony in Old Town Boulder City on Monday for Memorial Day. At 3pm, a siren will sound for one minute, followed by the playing of “Taps.” It is requested that everyone observe the moment of silence to honor all those who have died in service to our country. The police will be shutting down Nevada Highway at the Wyoming and Arizona St intersections, as well as Avenue D, for the event.”
Please encourage your friends and neighbors to participate in this inaugural city event by coming to downtown and participating Boulder City’s salute to the service men and women who have given their lives to fight for our freedom. And hey — consider wearing your red Support the Troops shirt — I will be!
Here is President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation for this year:
In honor of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.