IAVA Urges Fellow Americans to #GoSilent on Memorial Day
IAVA launches trademark campaign to honor our nation’s fallen servicemembers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 4, 2023
Washington, D.C. — This Memorial Day, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is calling on all Americans to #GoSilent in honor of the men and women in uniform who lost their lives in defense of our nation. Keeping with their annual tradition, IAVA will hold a nationwide moment of silence at 3 pm local time on May 29.
“Memorial Day is too often treated like another day off, which is why IAVA makes it a priority to raise visibility of this sacred day through our ‘Go Silent’ campaign,” said Allison Jaslow, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “IAVA calls on all Americans to join us by pledging to ‘Go Silent’ on Memorial Day to honor those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.”
This year, the leading voice for the Post-9/11 generation of veterans also wants to remind America of those who lost their lives during the Global War on Terror (GWOT). In a war that continues to be waged to this day, GWOT has killed more than 7,000 U.S. troops across two decades – every one of them volunteers.
“As the United States continues to send troops in harm’s way, it’s very possible that our nation’s war against terrorism could claim another life before we reach Memorial Day,” Jaslow continued. “So as we launch #GoSilent, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves of those who continue to step up and sacrifice in order to keep us safe here at home every day.”
Join IAVA in remembering the fallen and pledge #GoSilent at iava.org/go-silent.
IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans and IAVA’s programs are second to none. Any veteran or family member in need can reach out to IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force at quickreactionforce.org or 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) to be connected promptly with a veteran care manager who will assist. IAVA’s The Vote Hub is a free tool to register to vote and find polling information. IAVA’s membership is always growing. Join the movement at iava.org/membership.