36 U.S.C. § 116 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 36. Patriotic and National Observances, Ceremonies, and Organizations § 116. Memorial Day
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Designation.--The last Monday in May is Memorial Day.
Proclamation.--The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation--
calling on the people of the United States to observe Memorial Day by praying, according to their individual religious faith, for permanent peace;
designating a period of time on Memorial Day during which the people may unite in prayer for a permanent peace;
calling on the people of the United States to unite in prayer at that time; and
calling on the media to join in observing Memorial Day and the period of prayer.
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