#GoSilent campaign wants you to observe a moment of silence this Memorial Day

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, an advocacy nonprofit for veterans of the post-9/11 wars, has launched its fourth-annual #GoSilent campaign. The organization suggests that Americans everywhere observe a minute of silence at 12:01pm ET on Memorial Day in honor of fallen war heroes.

IAVA, founded in 2004, raises awareness of veterans’ issues like mental health, GI Bill benefits, and what calls “inadequate health care for female veterans.” It hosts annual “VetTogethers” that foster community and help veterans find jobs, education, and health care.

The #GoSilent campaign, however, is quickly becoming its highest-profile endeavor to date. On Monday, the hashtag crossed over to from Twitter to Facebook and became a trending item.

Many #GoSilent tweets have a similar structure: a personal photo or narrative woven into the broader remembrance movement.

Likewise, there are no shortage of political, celebrity, and corporate tie-ins to the #GoSilent campaign. 

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Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.