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This Memorial Day is a “Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace”

This Memorial Day is a “Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace”

“On this day, let us also unite in prayer for lasting peace in our troubled world so that future generations will enjoy the blessings of liberty and independence.”

Today we remember those who paid the ultimate price in service of our country.

Last week, President Trump declared Memorial Day a “Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace.”

On Memorial Day, we pause in solemn gratitude to pay tribute to the brave patriots who laid down their lives defending peace and freedom while in military service to our great Nation.  We set aside this day to honor their sacrifice and to remind all Americans of the tremendous price of our precious liberty.

Throughout the history of our Republic, courageous Americans have purchased our cherished freedom with their lives.  Our 151 national cemeteries serve as the final resting place for millions of people, including veterans from every war and conflict, many of whom died while serving our country.  We remain duty bound to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf and to remember them with thankfulness and unwavering pride.  The fallen — our treasured loved ones, friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens — deserve nothing less from a grateful Nation.

We must safeguard the legacies of our service members so that our children and our grandchildren will understand the sacrifices of our Armed Forces.  As a part of this effort, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to keep the memories of our fallen heroes from ever fading away.  The National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program challenges our youth, from elementary school through college, to research and share the stories and sacrifice of their hometown veterans, who are forever honored at VA National, State, and tribal veterans cemeteries.  To further ensure that our veterans’ legacies are remembered and celebrated, this program is developing an online memorialization platform that will amplify the voices of families, survivors, and Gold Star parents and spouses as they honor our beloved veterans and fallen service members.

Today, and every day, we revere those who have died in noble service to our country.  I call upon all Americans to remember the selfless service members who have been laid to rest in flag-draped coffins and their families who have suffered the greatest loss.  The sacrifices of our hallowed dead demand our Nation’s highest honor and deepest gratitude.  On this day, let us also unite in prayer for lasting peace in our troubled world so that future generations will enjoy the blessings of liberty and independence.

In honor and recognition of all of our fallen heroes, 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, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, 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 when people might unite in prayer.

I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

I also request the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct 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 eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.



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Michael Johnson | May 28, 2018 at 4:53 pm

I appreciate the thought and sentiment. But there can be and should be no peace while the rule of law and our Constitution are under attack, and while billions of people live under oppressive tyranny.

My brothers did not give their lives so a man could be jailed for reporting on a trial, and reporters would be told not to report that man being jailed.

They didn’t give their lives so that we could enable and support Islamic or communist tyranny.

Someone please explain how a prayer might honor the many atheist, humanist, freethinking and agnostic service persons who sacrificed for their country. Sounds more like a slap in the face.

Even the maintenance of cemeteries is an atavistic religious exercise in futility.

    redc1c4 in reply to Jimbino. | May 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    i would explain, but it is against the precepts of my religion to try and teach a pig to sing.

    doing so just wastes my time and annoys the pig.

    may G*d bless all those who sacrificed so much, in peace and in war, so that you could have the right to be a jerk on the internet, bless your heart.


    gbear in reply to Jimbino. | May 28, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Whose face is getting slapped? Those who did not believe in prayer? It will not harm them, unless the dead really misjudged the afterlife and they are slapped.
    If the prayerful are correct, it will help them.
    If there were not a market for maintained cemeteries they probably would not exist.

    Valerie in reply to Jimbino. | May 28, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Funny, where I hang out, the atheists and those of similar persuasions have begun to show a great deal of appreciation for believers, their values, and their actions.

    Fair-minded atheists and true free-thinkers have been watching the incursions of Islam and communism on our society, and they have noticed that Christians and Jews have built a thriving society that protects everybody willing to live in peace. Because of that, they are willing to allow believers to engage in feckless expressions of good will.

    Atheists who are bothered by the thought that somebody might pray for them are not atheists: they are petulant, unthinking children.

    rdm in reply to Jimbino. | May 29, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Your arrogance in thinking that the rest of the world should have to give up what they cherish because they are butthurt that other people still believe.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.

    Fen in reply to redc1c4. | May 28, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Interesting. I had similar reservations about “peace in our time” but didn’t want to harsh the vibe. Plus, I thought I would be the only one with those sentiments.

    But it looks like I am not alone.

    Para bellum, indeed.

    Semper Fi
    1st LAR BN
    3rd MARDIV

    gbear in reply to redc1c4. | May 28, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Peace through superior firepower.

Peace as a result of winning, be it by force of arms or negotiation.

Agreed. Although I would tweak your statement to say “force AND negotiation”.

The major blindspot of Lefty Peaceniks is their assumption that Diplomacy need not be backstopped with the threat of force.

Every carrot must have a stick