Remember and Honor

As the graphic says, Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor. Many people celebrate the holiday in various ways, perhaps attending a parade or having a backyard barbecue. But Americans should also remember that this is a somber occasion and a time to reflect as a nation on the lives that have been lost by our military personnel who have served in the United States armed forces and made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Not everyone may be able to get out to a Memorial Day celebration, but there is one thing you can do no matter where you are. At 3:00 p.m. local time, Americans can take part in the National Moment of Remembrance, a time to pause in a moment of silence (one minute) to honor those who have died serving the United States.

Other ways to recognize this special day include:

  1. Wear a Memorial Day button.
  2. Visit cemeteries and place flags or floral wreaths on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  3. Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff on the day as it is a day of National Mourning.
  4. Practice the religious activities of your choice and visit memorials.

Wishing everyone the best this Memorial Day weekend. Be safe.

As an additional note, the City Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. On that same day there is a parade in, and around downtown Auburn Hills hosted by the American Legion at 11:00 a.m. Join us if you can.

Thomas A. Tanghe, City Manager