Photos Courtesy of Holly
Event: A Time of Remembrance
Purpose: To unite our citizens in remembrance, honoring all those who died in service to our country with a special tribute to America’s fallen in Afghanistan and Iraq and the families they left behind. To demonstrate to these families that in addition to their family and friends, their fellow Americans care about their loss. This will be the first time that these families from every state and our territories will gather.
This tribute is a celebration of the lives of those who died for our freedom and a celebration of that freedom.
Program: Highlights include:
A Tuskegee Airman will sing the National Anthem
Video presentations produced by The History Channel for the ceremony
Ringing of a replica of the Liberty Bell by troops, some wounded, representing the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine
The first Gold Medal of Remembrance will be presented to children of our fallen heroes.
This tribute will also be the first time a family descendant of a service member lost in each of our Nation’s wars will be recognized to represent all of the fallen from that particular war. Some of these representatives include descendants of Nathan Hale, Henry Clay Jr., Quentin Roosevelt, and the Sullivan Brothers.
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006
This date was selected because it is the beginning of Remembrance Week. A week that encourages Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. wherever they are on Memorial Day. Instead of holding it on the very busy Memorial Day weekend, this date will allow attendees to participate in their annual Memorial Day tributes in their community.
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Place: The National Mall, Washington Monument Grounds
This first National Time of Remembrance was held on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. on 21 May 2006. Thanks to Holly for attending the event and for supplying the wonderful photographs below.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard