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May 26, 2005
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Calls For Moment Of Silence On Memorial Day

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today called on the citizens of Lincoln to honor veterans and the armed forces with a moment of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The Mayor said the period of silence is intended to honor veterans, current soldiers and all those who have given their lives serving our country.

“As we enjoy a holiday, it is important to remember that Memorial Day was created as a day of remembrance for those who died in the nation’s military,” said Mayor Seng. “We especially want to remember the more than 20 Nebraska soldiers, including several from Lancaster County, who have lost their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia over the past several years. Five years ago, the President of the United States called for a ‘National Moment of Remembrance’ at 3 p.m. local time every Memorial Day. We encourage the people of Lincoln to take a minute to reflect on the sacrifices made for our freedom.”

Mayor Seng’s request is supported by the Governor’s office; Nebraska Adjutant General Roger Lempke and the Nebraska Military Department; the Department of Nebraska Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Nebraska American Legion; the Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Committee; Wyuka Cemetery; and Lincoln Memorial Park.

On Memorial Day, Mayor Seng, Governor Dave Heineman and Congressman Tom Osborne will participate in a ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. at Wyuka, 3600 “O” Street. The keynote speaker at that observance is Lt. Shane Osborn. The Mayor also will participate in a candlelight remembrance service at 8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park. Other observances include a program at 11:30 a.m. at Lincoln Memorial Park, 6700 South 14th Street.

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