New York, NY (May 8, 2015) — Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization, is asking Americans to pledge to #GoSilent this Memorial Day to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation.
In recognition of the 35 military service members lost in overseas conflicts in the past year and the countless lives lost in sacrifice to our country, IAVA is promoting its eighth annual #GoSilent campaign, encouraging Americans to pledge a full minute of silence at 3:00PM local time on Memorial Day.
#GoSilent creates a shared, nationwide experience of memorialization, coinciding with the National Moment of Remembrance. It provides a moment to reflect on the lives given in service to the United States and allows an opportunity to break from the weekend’s casual celebrations to pay respects to the men and women whose individual sacrifices should be honored and remembered.
“#GoSilent is an opportunity to bring our entire community together for one moment, and to express thanks to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said IAVA CEO Jeremy Butler. “We have the rest of the weekend to celebrate the coming of summer. We owe it to our community to take this one minute to remember.”
In past years, thousands have participated in the groundbreaking activation effort. High profile participants have included Brad Pitt, Norman Lear, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Wes Moore, among others.
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"Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America...remains the most important organization representing the new generation of veterans." - TIME Magazine
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the premier veterans advocacy and support organization on the planet. Founded by an Iraq veteran in 2004, IAVA is the non-partisan leader in advocacy, public awareness, and 1-on-1 case management support. Our mission is to connect, unite, and empower over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide. We have connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided thousands of veterans of all generations with life-saving and life-changing personalized support from our Masters-level social service professionals.
Learn more at iava.org.