Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2006
Throughout our history, the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States have placed the security of our Nation before their own safety. America will be forever grateful for their service and sacrifice. On Memorial Day, we honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.Those who lost their lives in the defense of freedom helped protect our citizens and lay the foundation of peace for people everywhere. On Memorial Day, a grateful Nation pays tribute to their personal courage, love of country, and dedication to duty.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2006, 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 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.
So, if you read this in time, your flag should be at half-mast until noon. Please join in the hour of prayer at 11 AM and pause at 3 PM to remember those who "more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life
May the souls of those who gave their lives defending our freedom and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.