The date was May 30, 1868…

Ceremonies are planned today at Santa Rosa Memorial Park beginning at 10 a.m. and about a dozen other locations in Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino and Lake counties. For a complete list, go to pressdemocrat.com. Americans also are asked that, wherever they are, to pause at 3 p.m. today for a National Moment of Remembrance. This one-minute long moment of silence was established by Congress as unified expression of gratitude to those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.