Presidential Proclamation -- Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2014
The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate ReleaseMay 23, 2014PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMOR...
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Presidential Proclamation -- Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day,
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 23, 2014
PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMORIAL DAY, 2014
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Constant in the American narrative is the
story of men and women who loved our
country so deeply they were willing to give
their all to keep it safe and free. When a
revolution needed to be won and our Union
needed to be preserved, brave patriots
stepped forward. When our harbor was
bombed and our country was attacked on a
clear September morning, courageous
warriors raised their hands and said, "send
me." On the last Monday of each May, our
Nation comes together to honor the selfless
heroes who have defended the land we love and in so doing gave their last full measure of devotion.
Today, we pause to remember our fallen troops, to mourn their loss, and to pray for their loved ones.
Though our hearts ache, we find a measure of solace in knowing their legacy lives on in the families
our heroes left behind -- the proud parents who instilled in their sons and daughters the values that
led them to serve; the remarkable spouses who gave our Nation the person they cherished most in
the world; and the beautiful children who will grow up with the knowledge that their mother or
father embodied the true meaning of patriotism. To those we lost, we owe a profound debt that can
never be fully repaid. But we can honor the fallen by caring for their loved ones and keeping faith
with our veterans and their fellow brothers and sisters in arms.
The security that lets us live in peace, the prosperity that allows us to pursue our dreams, the
freedom that we cherish -- these were earned by the blood and the sacrifices of patriots who went
before. This Memorial Day, as we near the end of more than a decade of war, let us never forget
their service and always be worthy of the sacrifices made in our name. And today and every day, let
us pray for and hold close the families of the fallen.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby
proclaim Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, 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 to unite in prayer. I also ask all
Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on
I request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the
other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units
of government, to direct that 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-third day of May, in the year of
our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two
hundred and thirty-eighth.