Memorial Day typically marks the unofficial start of the summer season. While many of us will take advantage of the long weekend to travel, enjoy outdoor activities and be with family and friends, it’s important to recognize the solemnity of this holiday which was created to remember those who gave their lives for this country. Last year, I joined with dozens of fellow elected officials, veterans, first responders, active-duty military, and scouts to announce a new Memorial Day initiative in Nassau County which involves having two moments of silence to honor our brave men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This initiative will occur again this year with the program expanding into Suffolk County as well.
The first moment of silence will be at 12:00 noon, followed by the second moment of silence at 6:00 p.m. Each will last for 50 seconds, which serves as a symbol of the 50 stars on the American Flag. Participating Fire Departments, Police Vehicles, and Volunteer Ambulance Corps. throughout Long Island will sound their sirens and horns exactly at these two times to remind residents to pause and pay tribute to our nation’s fallen heroes. This is a great opportunity to remember those who gave their all for this country and reinforce that their sacrifice was not in vain. I encourage everyone to spread the word to family and friends and ask them to take the time on Monday, May 29th, to join us during these moments of silence.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday! 😊
As always, please feel free to contact me with any thoughts and ideas you may have with respect to the County or on any particular issue that you think I may be able to assist you with. You may contact me at (516) 571-6214 or by email at LSchaefer@NassauCountyNY.gov .
Laura M. Schaefer
Legislator, District 14