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