[Open Letter To Google Regarding The Lack Of A Memorial Day Doodle]
and +Vic Gundotra
I've seen postings on the web and on this and other social networks where people have either made posts or blog entries slamming Google for not doing a Google doodle for Memorial Day. As a veteran, I'd like to offer my perspective on what some see as a massive oversight on your part.
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of freedom and to protect liberty; their lives. It is the ultimate price to pay; one which no veteran wants to pay, but all are willing to pay. These fallen are more than just white markers or names on a monument; they are our brothers, our sisters, our friends and our comrades. When we, veterans, remember the fallen we do so with a silent & reverent nod, salute, toast or a brief moment in time to reflect.
In a world where companies monopolize on the holiday and where sites like Bing put up images to show their "support", you've chosen to take another path. Their was no usual fanfare of a Google doodle spreading through the Internet in viral fashion drawing more visitors to your search page. There was only a silent Google logo with a small image below of an American flag with a yellow ribbon over it remembering the fallen. The flag image isn't even clickable to generate more page and ad views for the company's flagship search service. You have chosen the path of respect; you simply remembered in silence.
My hat is off to you. Please pass on my sentiments to the team that was responsible.