While searching for information about Ming Sun and his life, I naturally found quite a few memorials. Veterans Day isn’t really about remembering once a year, but about not forgetting; it is less about war than about peace and valuing the contributions of those who serve to protect and preserve the peace.
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Woodrow Wilson as quoted in the History of Veterans Day
To carry the spirit of Veterans Day throughout the year, I’d like to here share just a few of the memorials and veterans support resources that came up in my search.
One of the most extraordinary memorials was a live one on Twitter, in which the Canadian fallen soldiers were remembered by having the names sent as Twitter posts throughout the day, in a project called We Are the Dead.
We Are the Dead: https://twitter.com/#!/WeAreTheDead
About the project:
A Twitter Memorial to Canada’s War Dead: http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2011/11/09/a-twitter-memorial-to-canadas-war-dead/
With data from the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CCVM): http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/virtualmem
Of course, both Canadians and the Americans were tweeting all day about Veterans Day.
Here at the University of Michigan, we had a rich full day of events to honor, highlight, promote and support veterans. This included current students who have returned from the Middle East and Afghanistan, alumni who fought in World War II and went to UM on the GI Bill, Viet Nam vets, informational sessions, and wonderful presentation by Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone. I couldn’t make it to most of the events, but did manage to livetweet the WWII panel, which resulted in the most retweets I’ve seen in ages. People loved the stories and thoughts of the panelists.
Perhaps the biggest event for veterans on Twitter came from the TIMES magazine Twitter chat.
Many (but not all) of the resources were from veterans in support of other veterans. This makes perfect sense to me. I ride the bus that goes to and from our local Veterans Administration Hospital, and no matter what time of day I am on the bus there will be healthy veterans on their way to or from going to help and provide support for veterans who don’t leave the hospital. There are so many resources out there, I am only going to touch on those that made it into my stream on Friday itself.
One of the big topics of the day was Obama’s announcement of hiring initiatives to support returning veterans. Many of the resources mentioned were in support of that initiative.
I already mentioned that some of the memorials included apps, just as was true for the 9/11 commemorations. Here are just a few apps related to this topic.