Veterans Launch “Go Silent” Campaign to Honor Fallen on Memorial Day

Veterans Launch “Go Silent” Campaign to Honor Fallen on Memorial Day

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Veterans Launch “Go Silent” Campaign to Honor Fallen on Memorial Day

At IAVA.org, Americans Pledge to Observe National Moment of Silence at 12:01 p.m. EDT Monday

NEW YORK – (May 23, 2013) Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, launched a powerful new campaign asking all Americans to “Go Silent” this Memorial Day in honor of all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  

The “Go Silent” campaign encourages Americans to pledge – at IAVA.org – to pause and be silent for a full minute at 12:01 p.m. EDT on Memorial Day.  The online pledge allows for the pledge to be made in honor of a fallen veteran. IAVA members and supporters have embraced technology like the Go Silent website for a shared nationwide experience.

The Go Silent campaign is part of IAVA’s commemoration of Memorial Day. Across the country, veterans are organizing events and activities in observance of Memorial Day.  On Monday, IAVA members will participate in wreath-laying events at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC and at the Intrepid and 9/11 Memorial in New York City. IAVA members are also organizing Memorial Day events in Chicago, Dallas, Daytona Beach, DeKalb County (GA), Ft. Collins (CO), Grand Island (NE), Los Angeles, Mills (MA), Orlando, and Santa Monica.

“For veterans and grateful citizens, Memorial Day is a hallowed day we set aside to remember all those American who have died to protect our freedoms. IAVA encourages all Americans to stand with us this Memorial Day and pledge a moment of silence at 12:01 p.m. EDT in honor of the bravery, courage, and devotion to country our veterans have shown,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of IAVA.

On Monday, IAVA members and supporters will be at  Arlington National Cemetery, where IAVA Leadership Fellow and Navy veteran Angela King will be laying the Wreath of Remembrance at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  In New York City, IAVA Chief of Staff Derek Bennett will be participating in a wreath laying ceremony on the Intrepid and IAVA staff member and Tuesday’s Children Board Member Derek Coy, a Marine veteran of Iraq, will represent IAVA at a wreath laying ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial.

“I am deeply honored to participate in the Arlington National Cemetery observance to remember those we have lost,” said Angela King, who was deployed as a medic three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. “Memorial Day is a powerful day for veterans and we appreciate all those who Go Silent with us.”

Note to media: Please contact press@iava.org if you would like to interview a veteran participating in the Arlington Cemetery and Intrepid events or to learn about other Memorial Day observances across the country.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. 

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