Kerrie's Blog: National Moment of Remembrance

National Moment of Remembrance

Last night was my nephew's high school band concert.  They performed a few numbers and one of them was a patriotic piece.  It included a slide-show of all the different military branches and if you were a veteran or currently serving you were urged to stand when your branch showed up on the slide-show.  Slowly but surely people began to stand and the audience cheered.

I get chills just thinking of the men and women who put their lives on the line for our safety.  Complete respect, admiration and tears comes pouring out when I just daydream of what they must go through.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages everyone to pause wherever they are at 3pm local time on Memorial day for one minute.  One minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died for our freedom.

To everyone on AR who has served, currently serving or has family members serving...Thank You.  Thank you for making this girl feel safe.

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 35 commentsKerrie La Guardia • May 25 2012 11:59AM


Hey Kerrie, thanks for passing along this very thoughtful way of showing some regard to those who sacrificed so much on our behalf. 

Posted by Dave Kinkade (Home Locators Property Management Tampa Florida) over 6 years ago

Yes, It is the
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, as a Veteran it is always appreciated when people recognize what they did, and I know that for me it is even more appreciated when it is from the younger generation.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 6 years ago

Thank you Kerrie for a thoughtful presentation of a very important topic.  May everyone take at least that minute to remember (memorialize) those who have given their lives for our country.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

Kerrie- I love that your nephew's high school band performed a patriotic number and that veterans were honored.  We truly are a fortunate country and we have to remember just exactly why we have the freedoms that we do and why we're able to say and do pretty much as we please. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

I remember when my Dad took us to see the Army band in The Spirit of America.  Hard not to hear those patriotic numbers and get chills.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 6 years ago

Happy Memorial Day weekend and may God continue to bless America!

Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 6 years ago

I made a trip to our airport this morning to greet four disabled veterans arriving on the same flight.  The Wounded Warrior Project is such a great organization and I got goose bumps being able to let them know how much I appreciate that they keep me safe. 

Posted by Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) over 6 years ago

Wow Marnie, that's intense!  Very, very cool!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie-I think that is a nice thing to do and I will remember thanks! Have an awesome holiday!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) over 6 years ago

I'm right there with you Kerrie.  I cried like a baby when my Nephew graduated in NC as a Green Barrette.  Listening to the stories of what these young men and women went through in the Middle East was heart wrenching.

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, very Heart felt. We all have a lot to thank them for.

here is my friend Anna, Art in Motion! Sea Cliff NY , showing her spirit.

anna, art in motion

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 6 years ago

It would be great if everyone could remember to do this at 3 pm on Monday.  

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - over 6 years ago


i'm with you.  My son is in the Air Force and I have never been prouder than watching him at his graduation from boot camp!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 6 years ago

Good morning Kerrie. This is thoughtful post and an important reminder. I too value the service of the military and the families who support them.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, you captured the moment so well.  Thanks for sharing, and a very special thanks to all of our veterans and active duty military who make our lives secure everyday. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 6 years ago


We appreciate your reminder for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28,2012 @ 3:00pm

God Bless the USA

Countdown to the Moment

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 6 years ago

Hats off to all the military from past, present and future that continue to protect our beautiful conuntry called America

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 6 years ago


I am a naturalized citizen -- and very proud to be called an American citizen. Very grateful for all the heroes who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and way of life. My mother served as a guerilla fighter during WWII. My uncle was in the Death March in Bataan. I have nephews who served in the U.S. Navy. And my two brothers both served with U.S.A.F. My father in law was in the Navy during WWII.

When I hear the song "God Bless America" I can't help but cry from joy and happiness that I am an American citizen. It is through the sacrifice of these heroes that we can truly say we live in the best country in the world.

Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) over 6 years ago

Beautiful post - thank you for spreading the word about the national moment of silence. We'll be observing it in my home.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 6 years ago

Kerri - this is beautiful and shows the respect and honor that we should all feel.  My deceased husband had a military funeral as he was in the National Guard.  This was a long time ago now but I still remember the 21 gun salute and them folding the flag and presenting it to me.  I have been in awe of all the celebrations going around throughout the country - America is a great place to live paid for at great cost to many. 

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I get chills too when I hear anthems and patriotic music. I often am moved to tears as well. Our veterans are so important; lest we forget. Love #2's comment!

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie this was a great blog and you are a very thoughtful person it is always a pleasure to read your posts. Thanks

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 6 years ago

How sweet!  Kristine

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Realtors (, Santa Monica Real Estate :) ) over 6 years ago


               I am so with you and I love all the comments. I too love the Wounded Warrior Project. I love the picture of a rainers friend showing her spirit. Please check out my blog about D-Day and also why I think A/R is so special. I hope you have a terrific weekend!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 6 years ago

Kerrie - Hope you are having a wonderful week! This was a great post and I have to agree, wonderful comments!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie, what a thoughtful and touching post and great comments! My dad is a veteran and landed on Normandy Beach during WWII so we are a very grateful and proud family!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 6 years ago

Amen, Sister!  Beautiful sentiment -- and a great reminder that we owe our undying gratitude and respect for those who have served -- and to those who are serving now and in the future.

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie   Great flag day post ! Hats off to the Red White and Blue!  Oh and thank you for the stickers I wrote a post Thanking you and the staff ...


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 6 years ago

Excellent and Amen!

Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 6 years ago


As a veteran of both the army and the navy, I can tell you the support from the civilians back home always made my job much easier. 

Any one who served in Vietnam and was spat upon when they returned home would be thrilled with the respect that our service people have today... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie, My son was in the band through middle school to graduate school. I loved the concerts where the patriotic songs were played. They can't be beat.


Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie.  Thank God for the volunteer army that we have.  They are all special people.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie, it gives me chills for what our men & women do everyday and have done to keep us free...thank you for the wonderful share.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

My father was an Air Force Navigator/Pilot for 28 years and he and my mother both are buried at the National Cemetery in Riverside, CA. I was born on an Air Force Base and I love this country, I respect all the men and women who have served and are serving currently and get weepy eyed when  the Stars Spangled Banner is played.

I used to live on Air Bases and at 4:00 pm daily, they made you stop your car wherever you were and face the flag for 2 minutes while they played the Anthem and took down the flag and folded it. If drivers did not stop, they would get cited and couldn't come back on the base so they took it very seriously. I do not know if they still do this as I cannot get on bases anymore since my parents have passed.

I think your post is wonderful and I am glad you enjoyed yourself at your nephews band concert. It is so wonderful that they did that celebration to the military.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 6 years ago