Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In Honor of Memorial Day, May 25

United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon at night.

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 25, in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.

image of flags waving in the air

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day. The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.

The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”  The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence.

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. - Harry S. Truman

Image 1: United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon 
Image 3: War Memorial in Washington D.C. by Vinoth Chandar