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Memorial Day 2017

By Dennis R. Pierce
BLET National President

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 26 — As we observe Memorial Day 2017, I ask all members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen to say a special prayer for the women and men who have given their lives serving in our military and to honor them for defending our country and our way of life. Also, please join me in keeping their family members in our thoughts and prayers.

Established in 1868, Memorial Day is a special day to honor and pay tribute to those who served in the military. Originally called Decoration Day, it was set aside as a day of remembrance for family members who would decorate the graves of veterans who died in battle defending our country and our way of life. 

In recognition of Memorial Day, Congress established the National Moment of Remembrance in 2000. Its goal is to remind Americans of the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces as well as others who have died as a result of service to this nation. At 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Memorial Day, all Americans around the world are asked to pause and remember these heroes in a symbolic act of unity.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask all BLET members who are able to safely do so to join me in a moment of silence on this Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Please join me in celebrating the freedom that we enjoy in America and in remembering those brave men and women who have died serving our great nation.

Friday, May 26, 2017
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