#GoSilent: Honoring Those Who Gave All on Memorial Day

#GoSilent: Honoring Those Who Gave All on Memorial Day

Despite what store sales, advertisements, and the Democrats have said, this day is not about getting the lowest prices or barbecues. It’s about remembering those who died in service to our country, and honoring them.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery (photo taken in April 2014)
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery (photo taken in April 2014)
Enter the #GoSilent campaign on Twitter, started by the group IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) 4 years ago, which asks everyone to take a moment of silence at 12:01 PM EDT to honor the fallen.


People are responding with pictures and memories.


This year marks both the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Those two wars alone account for over a million Americans who died in service to their country.

At Freedom Wall, World War II Memorial in Washington DC (photo taken in April 2014)
At Freedom Wall, World War II Memorial in Washington DC (photo taken in April 2014)
The plaque at Freedom Wall (photo taken April 2014)
The plaque at Freedom Wall (photo taken April 2014)
There are over 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (photo taken April 2014)
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (photo taken April 2014)
We owe an unmeasurable debt to those who fell on the field of battle so that this country might live. If you can do nothing else today, at least #GoSilent to honor their memories, whether it is on social media or within the privacy of your own home.


Today is the day to honor the fallen with all the thanks of a grateful nation.

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2 Comments
  • OC says:

    Deanna, thought you should know IAVA is NOT respected in the ranks of veterans. While the Go Silent campaign is admirable, much of the money raised by them goes to most everyone EXCEPT veterans.

    Visit “This ain’t hell” website and type IAVA in the search box and you’ll see what I mean.

    OC

  • GWB says:

    This is a perfect story about why we spend a day celebrating the honored dead (and not all veterans):
    http://neveryetmelted.com/2015/05/25/six-seconds/

    Because even our lowest in rank (maybe especially) have more iron in their stomachs than most of the rest of the world. And these two had more than all of our political class in DC, combined.

    Semper Fi and RIP, gentlemen. And, thank you.

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