Every year since 1948, Congress has requested each current President of the United States of America to issue a Presidential Proclamation calling on the citizen's of the United States to observe Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace in honor of the men and women who, over the past 200 plus years since our country was founded, have given their lives in defense of our country and the defense of freedom. Congress also designated (by Public Law 106 579) 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, The National Moment of Remembrance (of our fallen heroes).
President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation for Memorial Day 2011, as a day of prayer for permanent peace. He has asked that we as Americans unite in prayer at 11:00 a.m. local time. He is also asking that we observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. We are also asked to fly our flags at half staff for the customary forenoon period.