On Remembrance Day, we honor and reflect on the courage, integrity and selfless dedication of those in our armed forces who have made the greatest sacrifice in service to our nation. Whether in the waters of the Pacific, on the beachheads of Europe, in the deserts of the Middle East or in the mountains of Afghanistan, the American military have given their lives to uphold our Constitution and defend security. and the freedoms of our citizens. . These patriots embody the best of the American spirit. They put themselves in danger for our common values - for duty, honor, homeland – and they paid the ultimate price. Our nation can never fully repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes and their families.
Jill and I know what it means to have a child serving in a war zone – the ever-present concern for your loved one and his fellow service members. Today and every day, we ask God to protect our troops. We also recognize the tremendous loss suffered by the families of the American Gold Star – the families of servicemen who died in the conflict. As a nation, we have a sacred obligation to support these families and always honor the memories of their loved ones.
This is the vow we make every year on Memorial Day. Our nation will never forget the courage and patriotism shown by the countless women and men who gave their lives so that we may continue to seek a more perfect Union and protect the inalienable rights that Americans cherish. They came from all parts of the country, from all backgrounds and beliefs, united by a common belief in our one American creed – that all people are created equal. We will honor their legacy by continuing our work to live up to this commitment and to advance the values they lived and died to defend. We will continue to strive for equity and inclusion in our country and our institutions, and will ensure that every qualified American who is ready to serve our country – regardless of race, religion, gender identity, her sexual orientation or her origin – have a fair and equitable chance to do so.
We will continue to honor our fallen servicemen through the actions of a new generation who volunteer to serve in uniform, who anchor our servicemen in our democratic values and who stand ready to deter aggression from our enemies and, if necessary, to fight and to defend. our Nation. Today – while remaining true to the memory of our fallen heroes – we will strive to respect their legacy and once again lead the world by the power of our example and not just by the example of our might. .
As our nation’s service members continue to risk their lives to protect our homeland and thwart our enemies, we must not lose sight of our desire for lasting peace. Every day, countless Americans pray and work for peace so that we may one day live in a world where American patriots do not need to make the ultimate sacrifice, and where all people live in freedom and prosperity. . As a nation, we are grateful to the courageous members of our armed forces – past and present – who have forged the legacy of this possibility.
In honor and recognition of all of our fallen servicemen, Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 USC 116), called on the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people to United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and to designate a time on that day when the people of the United States could unite in prayer and reflection. Congress, through Public Law 106-579, also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Time of Remembrance.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, hereby proclaim May 31, 2021 as the day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour starting in each locality. at 11:00 am that day as a time when people could come together in prayer and reflection. I urge the press, radio, television and all other media to cooperate in this celebration. I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Remembrance Day.
I ask the governors of the United States and its territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to order that the flag fly at mid-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, naval lands and ships throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also ask the people of the United States to display the flag halfway through their homes during the usual morning time.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have laid my hand here this twenty-eighth of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-one, and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-fifth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.