Silence for Memorial Day

May 24, 2015

Bismarck Tribune

Memorial Day is coming up. Have you made your plans yet — a backyard barbecue, the rec center, fishing? Do you know what Memorial Day commemorates? Do your children know?

Some Americans don’t know, have forgotten or maybe just don't think about it. Fifteen years ago Congress passed “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” to encourage Americans to remember the purpose of Memorial Day and to share a moment of silence.

Embrace this moment and take a break from whatever you're doing at exactly 3 p.m. local time on Monday, and maintain just 60 seconds of silence in honor of the gallant men and women of the military who have secured our freedom with their lives.

Many of you have relatives who made this ultimate sacrifice. Please join us in a most fitting tribute to them: our ongoing campaign to lessen the likelihood of war (and the casualties it causes) by securing the energy independence of America.

Some of our wars have been fought, at least in part, to maintain access to foreign sources of energy for us and our allies. Let’s make full use of our abundant energy resources right here in America, instead of risking the lives of our military men and women in defense of other nations' reserves.

The sooner America is energy-independent, the sooner we'll be assured that our fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters will not have to be sent into harm's way to protect access to some other nation's energy reserves. That's why our group, Vets4Energy, supports an all-of-the-above approach to domestic energy development. Fossil fuels, nuclear, wind, solar, hydro, bio — let's develop them all!

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