5:30pm Start Arriving 6:30pm Meeting Begins $18/per person for dinner. We encourage you to join us for dinner as this helps pay for the room...BUT it is not required to attend!
Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps." The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day.
Please make sure to take the time out of your schedule on Monday, May 30th and pay respect to those who have served in America's military throughout our country's history. May God continue to bless our beautiful nation.
The Northwest Tea Party is fielding an army of conservatives whose primary focus is to eliminate and reform excess taxes.
At our May 31st event, our keynote speaker is Corpus Christi Police Chief Troy Riggs. Chief Riggs continues to reshape and redirect the Corpus Christi Police Department to become a more effective and efficient police agency. To accomplish this feat, Chief Riggs reaches out to agency employees and members of the community to work together as partners with an established goal of making changes to policies, procedures and practices in order to further enhance the CCPD's effectiveness to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime, and enhance public safety.
May 31st Agenda:
6:30pm - Congressman Blake Farenthold via Skype
6:45pm - Keynote speaker CC Police Chief Troy Riggs
7:30pm - Attending elected officials and/or candidates available to speak
8pm - Meeting concluded
Make and form bonds, network, and establish a plan for action. We are doing what we could not do alone, to preserve that which we value.
Have a blessed day,
Northwest Tea Party Coordinator
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