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Home of the Free, Because of the Brave

On this Memorial Day, we pause from the usual fun stuff to remember and thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Fallen Soldiers Honored With 'Flags In' Tradition At Arlington Nat'l Cemetery
Sgt. Iwona Kosmaczewska assists with the process of placing flags at the headstones of U.S. military personnel buried at Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

There’s little doubt that either you’ve already enjoyed some of the things that typically happen on Memorial Day weekend. Perhaps it was or will be a backyard barbecue. Maybe you went shopping for a new car, new appliances or other big ticket items. I did yesterday. You may even be reading this article on your cell phone at the beach, celebrating the unofficial start of Summer.

But there’s one more thing you need to do today regardless of how you spend the rest of today’s holiday.

At 3 pm local time, regardless of your time zone, please be sure to celebrate the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance was established in 2000 “in honor of the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”

After all, while each of us enjoys the freedom, the liberty and the pursuit of happiness mentioned in our Declaration of Independence, none of it would be possible without the sacrifices made by the men and women who died in the pursuit of freedom.

Put another way, that barbecue, that sale or that time on the beach might not have been possible without those sacrifices.

So, today, we are a grateful Bruins Nation among a grateful American nation.