In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly…
– John McCrae
We have all heard John McCrae’s famous poem – In Flanders Fields. November is a time of Remembrance, in just under a week today at 11:11 on 11/11 it is important to stop, pause, and reflect on those who fought for our freedom. Where does social media come into play during a day of Remembrance. I know for myself it usually consists of my profile picture on Facebook being changed to a poppy and some generic status “I Remember those who fought for my freedom. RIP.” For the Gen Y and Millenials is Remembrance Day a dying a holiday – one that will not be around 50 years from now?
Many people think that today’s young people are so ungrateful for the sacrifices that our grandfathers and great-grandfathers made during WWI & WW2 to fight for our freedom. Are we able to use social media to reconnect today’s youth with the idea of remembrance on Remembrance Day? An article I read recently said we should do the opposite. We should actually have a social media blackout as our time to stop, pause, and reflect. No Facebook status updates, no tweeting, and no posting to Instagram – is this effective, is this a sign of respect? Is it not important to keep this conversation going on social media, especially with today’s youth population?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter – I know it could be a contentious one. However, we have commercialized every other holiday and transformed it on to social media – should we or can we do this for Remembrance Day as well?