Memorial Day

In honor of all 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 28, 2012, 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.

I request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


6 thoughts on “Memorial Day

  1. Just as I am reading this reminder by Our President to remember our veterans, 2012, the show to celebrate our Vets is live at the Capital in our Nations’s Capital. Watching and listening is heart wrenching and soul searching. How can one help? General Colin Powell just asked us all to get involved.

    1. A severe weather watch has now cancelled all activities. Our hearts and prayers are with all the veterans, their families and all that gathered for this celebration. We are with you!

  2. I thank God for our president’s courage to proclaim a time of prayer for our nation to unite hearts for permanent peace. May we petition the God of the universe for security, unity, justice for all those who have fought for freedom in our nation and the nations of the world. May God protect our soldiers who are in harm’s way and may Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace be honored and worshiped in our land.

  3. I also join in prayer for our veterans and their families and offer thanks for their sacrifices and service.

  4. Thanks to all the wonderful soldiers everywhere who give of themselves for this country and for those who have already made the ultimate sacrifice.
    We thank you for your focus to see that this country remains free.
    We thank you for your part that has been given to you as a step to accomplish the overall goal of the military.
    We thank you for your steadfastness.
    We thank you that we have the opportunity to pray for you and your families.
    We thank you and would hope that many will come along side your families while you are away
    and bring the light of joy, hope, peace to them.
    We thank you for the kids who wait for your return who sit and wait for Mom or Dad to come through the door once again. We ask God to strengthen you and them.
    We lift you up in prayer and ask God protect your families and you.
    As you walk through nation after nation as a representative of the USA.

  5. I agree in prayer, for our veterans, military, and military families. I am thankful for their service, and for a president who proclaims this day “as a day of prayer for permanent peace.”

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