This coming Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, traditionally the start of summer, a day full of picnics and pool parties and holiday sales.
But it is also the day Americans remember those who have fallen in defense of their country. It is an especially poignant remembrance this year, in the wake of the September 11 attacks and the real, shooting war on terrorism that has followed.
AOPA joins with the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance in asking general aviation pilots and all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a moment of silence and remember the reason for the day, and the men and women who died for their country. Many communities, radio stations, and public events will mark the moment by playing "Taps."
The White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance has a Web site with ideas for observing the moment on Memorial Day. Visit www.remember.gov for more information, as well as printed, video, and audio material you can download to help yourself and others mark the occasion.