Katherine Watson: Do you have a minute? It only takes one minute. Can you take a minute for someone else? It may be someone you don't know, but it's someone who gave up everything in service to this nation.
Jason Holmes: The wonderful Memorial Day holiday weekend is coming, and there's a very important moment on that Monday, at 3:00 pm, whenever 3:00 pm falls in your local time.
Moonjava: To ensure the sacrifices of our nation's fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December, 2000 The National Moment of Remembrance Act was signed into law.
Jason: It encourages all Americans to stop for just a minute at 3:00 pm local time for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
Katherine: Carmella LaSpada started Moment of Remembrance. She said, "It's a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day."
Moonjava: Yes, just before Memorial Day in 1996, Carmella LaSpada was in Lafayette Park and asked a group of schoolchildren on a whim, what Memorial Day meant. They cheered, "That's the day when the swimming pool opens!" Carmella thought, if only people would pause for a moment -- just one minute -- to reflect on the heroes who died and the price they paid. That would be a small, good, healing thing.
Moonjava: And remember to wear a red poppy too. Learn more on The USAA site about the red poppies, and also there you can see the sobering numbers of valuable lives we've lost in the wars fought.