Back in 2000 Congress did pass a law that requires Americans to pause for remembrance at 3pm local time. This nationally observed act of unity is not only not nationally observed, it's hardly known.
Congress called the act -- Public Law 106-579 -- the National Moment of Remembrance. Congress found "it is essential to remember and renew the legacy of Memorial Day, which was established in 1868 to pay tribute to individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States and their families." Despite Congress's efforts, Memorial Day is still thought of as the beginning of summer at least as much as it's considered a day to honor veterans. Perhaps because there is also Veterans Day.
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