Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans group asks nation to #GoSilent this Memorial Day

Matt Saintsing
May 24, 2018 - 4:19 pm

U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released

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Some use it Memorial Day as an excuse to head to the beach, barbecue with neighbors, or just enjoy a day off. But for veterans, it’s a time of somber reflection and to honor the memory of the one’s that didn’t make it home.

That’s why at 3:00pm ET on May 28, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) are asking Americans across the country to take a moment and #GoSilent, in observance of Memorial Day.

Founder and CEO of IAVA Paul Rieckhoff said this year’s #GoSilent campaign is inteneded to refocus the true meaning of the day, while halting what he sees as growing politicization of veterans.

"This year, as a part of an ongoing campaign to elevate the voices of veterans and combat the unprecedented politicization of our military and veterans, #GoSilent is more important than it has ever been before," said Rieckhoff.

“As veterans and our military are being used as political props and shields by special interest groups and politicians across the aisle, it has never been more important to come together as a nation to remember what this day is really about, and to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our freedoms."

No matter if you’re spending time with family and friends at a get-together, or enjoying a beer and a hotdog at a ball game, people across the nation can still take a moment to #GoSilent.

Neary 10,000 people across the nation participated last in #GoSilent last year, including celebrities like Brad Pitt, Sara Jessica Parker, Russel Crowe, and Wes Moore. 

In addition to the moment of silence, IAVA will also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the fallen. Following that ceremony, IAVA members will walk to Section 60 of the Cemetery, to recognize the sacrifice of those that were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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