IAVA Going Silent

It’s Memorial Day, a time for many to celebrate a long weekend, drink too much beer, and welcome summer. It’s all too easy to forget what this holiday is really about, and while I’m celebrating with friends this weekend myself, I’m also going to take time to pause and join Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America in a national moment of silence. At 12:01 p.m. on Memorial Day, please consider joining the over 7,000 Americans who have already pledged online to pause for a moment of silence. The IAVA website reads:


Pledge a moment of silence at 12:01 pm this Memorial Day to honor the fallen. 

6,442 Americans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan
since 9/11.
This Memorial Day, we stand together to remember and
honor their lives, legacies
and last full measure of devotion for our country. At
12:01pm, IAVA will lay a wreath before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery. Gather your friends and
family across the country and
pause with us for a national moment of silence in
their memory.


Read more here, and click the “pledge” link to sign your name in support.
Readers who are new to The Writing Life Blog might be uncertain of my connections to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In short, I spent the last 2 1/2 years researching and writing about these wars, completing a collection of short stories involving military and civilian characters in and around these wars. Read more about why I write about war here. Read three of my stories published by the United States Air Force Academy here. Or purchase my latest story in print here. For further updates about my interests in the wars and future publications, sign up for this blog here.
Thank you for taking the time, and for going silent.

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