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Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act

This week the House and the Senate passed H.R. 5037, the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act. I am a proud cosponsor of this legislation, and it prohibits a person from carrying out a demonstration within 500 feet of a cemetery under the control of the National Cemetery Administration or at Arlington National Cemetery for a period beginning 60 minutes before and ending 60 minutes after the funeral or service. Violation of the prohibition would be punishable by up to a year imprisonment. The bill also encourages each state to enact similar legislation to restrict demonstrations near any military funeral. The bill has now been sent to the President for his signature.

National Moment of Remembrance

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who served and those who continue to serve our nation.

For more information on the history of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance please visit the following links:

Flying the American Flag on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day the American flag should briskly be run up to the top of the staff before being lowered slowly to the half-staff position. The flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, and then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of our nation’s heroes.