RIVERSIDE (CBS) — All 167 Stater Bros. supermarkets in Southern California will cease operations for a moment of silence Monday to honor fallen members of the U.S. armed forces.

“Memorial Day was originally established to commemorate America’s fallen men and women,” Stater Bros. Chairman Jack H. Brown, a Navy veteran, said. “Stater Bros. would like to do our part to remind our customers and employees that this is still a sacred and noble holiday and a time when we can all connect as Americans.”

At exactly 3 p.m. Monday, managers at each of the Inland Empire-based chain’s stores will ask shoppers to stand quietly for 60 seconds to pay homage.

Congress established the “National Moment of Remembrance” by resolution in December 2000 as a way to promote national unity and remind Americans of the meaning of Memorial Day.

Along with military installations, sports venues throughout the country are expected to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. The Congressional resolution asks Americans, wherever they are, to pause at 3 p.m. local time “and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect.”

Click here for ideas on how to honor veterans this Memorial Day.

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Comments (6)
  1. ginny says:

    Thank you Stater Bros. I hope everyone takes a moment to remember those who have fallen while protecting the freedoms so many take for granted.

  2. Simon Gallana says:

    How about remembering all of the innocent Iraqi and Afghan civilians slaughtered by US troops?

    1. Saber 1 says:

      The insurgents killed most of them with suicide bombers and raids. The US tries to keep the collateral damage down. So if you want to remember, go get a ticket to the that toilet the middle east and live happily ever after.

  3. Proud American Mommy says:

    Thank you Stater Bros. I wish more Americans would help express the true meaning of this Holiday.
    To Mr. Simon Gallana- this Holiday is to represent all the men and women who lost their lives for our GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    God Bless America

  4. Jamaican Josh says:

    I will make sure to go out of my way to shop my nearest Stater Bros! If only more companies showed support like this. And to Semen Gaylana, maybe u should take a trip to Afghanistan to form your own Afghan memorial!

  5. NICK says:

    Simon, do you mean the ” innocent” Iraqi civilians, whom hate you and your way of life as an American? The innocent Iraqi civilian that would kill you and your entire family given the opportunity? You are a tool bag! maybe we should Honor the INNOCENT Americans that were slaughtered by Muslim extremists on 9/11/01! Maybe you should go to Iraq and honor the Iraqi’s all by your self. You make me sick!


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