Major League Soccer and its 10 teams are partnering with The White House Commission on Remembrance to promote The National Moment of Remembrance during the games on Memorial Day weekend. The Moment, established by Congress, is a nationwide tribute to those who died in service of the United States.
"This country has been built on the courage of the brave men and women who defend our freedoms everyday, and Major League Soccer will honor them this Memorial Day Weekend," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "I know our fans and teams will embrace this moment and remember the sacrifices of those who serve us."
The goal is for the country to pause in unity at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a Moment of reflection to honor America's fallen and to rededicate ourselves to giving back to the nation. A Gallup Poll indicated that only 28 percent of Americans knew the meaning of Memorial Day. The National Moment of Remembrance is to help put "Memorial" back in Memorial Day.
"We are happy to support the National Moment of Remembrance," said Jim Cosgrove, executive director of U.S. Youth Soccer. "We hope that this Memorial Day begins a new appreciation for our freedoms and acknowledge the many brave men and women for their determination and sacrifice."
The five teams hosting games this weekend, the New England Revolution, Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire, Los Angeles Galaxy and the MetroStars, will each support the initiative by promoting The Moment to fans through posters at ticket windows, reminders through public service announcements in the stadium, and a grass roots effort to youth soccer organizations. In addition, teams will use military color guards to introduce the flag.
For more information, visit The White House Commission on Remembrance web site: www.remember.gov