OCTAE Connection - May 21, 2015 - Issue 231

OCTAE Newsletter

May 21, 2015

Memorial Day: Remembrance, Honor, Celebration

On May 5, 1868, Decoration Day was established by the head of an organization of Union army veterans as a time for the nation to honor its war dead by placing flowers on their graves. That same year, the first large memorial observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson and Congress declared Waterloo, N.Y.—where local veterans who had fought in the Civil War were honored in a ceremony on May 5, 1866—the “birthplace” of Memorial Day.  While Memorial Day ceremonies were being held nationwide on May 30 by the end of the 19th century, it was not until after World War I that the holiday was expanded to honor all those who have died in all U.S. military service. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery were appropriated in 1864 for use as a military cemetery, and today it serves more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families.  As part of Arlington’s Memorial Day events since 1948, soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place small U.S. flags at every headstone and burial niche for the Flags-In tradition 

In December 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Act (P.L. 106-579) was signed into law. This act encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are on Memorial Day, at 3 p.m. local time, to remember and honor those who have died in service to the U.S. The act also created the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance to plan and encourage Memorial Day events.

Here in D.C., we have the privilege and opportunity to access the National Mall with its many memorials, as well as to pay homage to the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery. But Memorial Day is also commemorated all across the nation. The holiday is a time for all Americans, wherever they are, to honor those who have fallen for freedom. It presents the opportunity to reflect on and share this day of commemoration with our children, other youths, and the newest immigrants to this nation, in order to ensure that they too continue the great legacy of honoring those who died in service to the U.S. Back to Top


Upcoming Webinars on Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturers


Join OCTAE for “Skills on Purpose—Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturers,” a series of panel discussions between national, state, and local leaders from government, businesses, colleges, and schools.  In these live, interactive webinars, panel members will explore strategies for building partnerships toward a workforce-driven transformation of the manufacturing sector.

In the first webinar, “Employer-Centered Talent Development for Small- and Medium-Sized Firms,” representatives from small- to mid-sized companies will share their workforce development strategies to efficiently and effectively engage with training and education stakeholders and institutions.  Such partnerships are critical in ensuring the quality and preparedness of incoming talent, and have become an essential part of growth strategies for many manufacturing firms.  

When: June 5, 2015, from 1–2 p.m. EDT.  

To register for this discussion, click here.Back to Top

Call for Research Papers Using PIAAC Data Deadline Extended to Oct. 30, 2015

OCTAE is collaborating with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, specifically the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), to sponsor a call for research papers for a new PLOS journal collection on the theme “Improving the Lives of Adults and Families: Identifying Individual and Systems-level Factors Relating Education, Health, Civic Engagement, and Economic Well-being.”  Papers are sought on the relationship of education and skills to public health for adults and their families, particularly for those most at risk for poor educational, economic, and health outcomes. 

This effort leverages and extends the recent Institute of Medicine report “U.S. Health in International Perspective,” as well as the recently released Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s cross-national, population-representative dataset, the Survey of Adult Skills, part of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. 

OCTAE, NICHD, and OBSSR plan to cover the publication fees associated with a select number of initial publications for this collection. PLOS is a peer-reviewed, highly competitive, open-sourced journal that publishes online, freely available articles related to science, medicine, and health. Authors interested in applying for financial consideration by these groups should submit a preliminary draft paper and notice of intent for funding by Sept. 15, 2015, to brett.miller@nih.gov

All papers should be submitted to PLOS One, by Oct. 30, 2015. See the full call for papers for complete information.Back to Top


NASA and Future Engineers’ 3-D Space Container Challenge

NASA and Future Engineers are challenging students in grades k–12 to create a 3-D software model of a container that astronauts could use in space.  The ability to 3-D print containers in space, on demand, will permit deeper off-planet human exploration.

To sign up for the challenge, click here. For complete information, including contest rules and submission guidelines, visit the Future Engineers website at the link above.Back to Top