Ming Sun, Memories, & Modern Media: Veterans Day 2011, Part 1

Today I was walking across central campus, and as I entered the Diag a young woman asked me to take a card.

Remember Ming Sun #veteransday

The back of the card asked that on this day, Veterans Day 2011, 11-11-11, Day of Remembrance, that we take time to remember the fallen soldier named on our card, and think of their family. So I looked. There are many wonderful stories about Private First Class Ming Sun. His family were immigrants, arriving in America when he was 8. After high school he wanted so badly to be a soldier and fight, but he had to wait to enlist until he got his green card. His parents weren’t thrilled with this, but it was what he wanted, and it was his decision. He wanted to be a soldier, he wanted to be a United States citizen, and he wanted to fight for America. He did. At his funeral, his citizenship papers were given to his parents. He died in 2007 in Iraq, but his friends still remember him, vividly. They talk about him on Facebook.

Facebook: Ming Sun

There are many ways in which Facebook is being used to help remember veterans and fallen soldiers. Other social media is also being used, and as well as memorials there are many different kinds of projects to provide support for veterans, for veterans to support each other, and for veterans to provide leadership and support for the rest of us. In a sense, a very real sense, they continue to serve for the rest of their being and for as long as they are remembered. For today, I just wanted to share a few of these that have crossed my path recently.

Facebook for Veterans

Facebook is being used to provide information, resources, and support, as well as to provide a community and conversation space for vets.

American Women Veterans
Disabled American Veterans
Transitioning Veteran
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vets Helping Vets

The Military & Facebook in the Occupy Wall Street Movement

As more and more veterans have become involved with the Occupy Wall Street Movement, making statements in public, their brethren both in active service and honorably discharged are also engaging. Facebook has become a prime space where this involvement and commitment is being shown.

Occupy Facebook

Occupy Air Force
Occupy Army
Occupy Coast Guard
Occupy Marines
Occupy Military Families
Occupy Navy
Occupy Police
Occupy Veterans

More, especially memorials, next.


One response to “Ming Sun, Memories, & Modern Media: Veterans Day 2011, Part 1

  1. Adding to the story, they are trying to fund a memorial event for Ming Sun. This is reposted from Facebook with permission:
    “OK, everyone, if you look to the left of the page we now have a donation button, and if you press on it, it will take you to paypal. When you get to the screen you will be able to make any amount donation you would like. Again, this is not only for our friend Ming Sun, but for the other three Marines that gave their life around our valley, and all those that have given their life for the sacrifice of our country. Now it depends on us to start this and get the ball rolling. Again this event will consist of speakers, an an art exhibit with local artists that will then auction off their art for a charity – The Wounded Warrior Project. Once we do this, we will have USO, VFW, AmVets, and Salvation Army co-sponsor this event. Thank God, more will follow. We have to have the permit three months early, and it costs around $550 dollars. Then we have set up, the cost of an artist from the Bay area. I would also like to fly in a member of Ming’s squad that was with him when he was KIA, because I know we have some of them on this page. Also, any other city fees we might run into. I will post a link to the page of a city official, so we will make it official to clear up any uncertainty. If there are any questions, my name is Darin Jahries, email jahries_darin -at- yahoo.com. Questions or concerns? Email me. Let’s do this, and we will. I’m a Marine. We say, “Semper fi”, always faithful. Let’s be faithful in our gratitude to our veterans. This is for them. Thank you.”


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