Jake Tapper honors veterans with a #MemorialMessage
CNN anchor Jake Tapper has long been adept with online media, going back to his work at Salon.com. On the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, Tapper showed how powerful a platform Twitter can be for collective remembrance when he catalyzed an outpouring of family memories from his followers.
- Tapper introduced the premise to his followers with a single tweet, sharing a hashtag, #MemorialMesssage, to organize the replies and modeling the response himself.
- — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)Fri, May 24 2013 12:55:59Our hashtag game today is for those who serve. Send us your Memorial Day message. Mine? Thank you. We will not forget. Use #MemorialMessage
- Tapper received just one reply, at first.
- — Mona Ramsey (@rramsey6)Fri, May 24 2013 13:49:22
- Then he came back to Twitter, and shared more personal remembrances of those who served.
- — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)Fri, May 24 2013 14:17:59This Memorial Day weekend i'll be thinking about fallen heroes such as Lt. Col. Joe Fenty, Lt. Ben Keating, and Capt. Tom Bostick.
- — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)Fri, May 24 2013 14:20:21RIP heroes of COP Keating: Kevin Thomson, Justin Gallegos, Chris Griffin, Michael Scusa, Vernon Martin, Stephan Mace, Josh Kirk, Josh Hardt.
- — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)Fri, May 24 2013 14:34:00Another fallen soldier I will be thinking about this weekend, PFC Chris Pfeifer http://projects.militarytimes.com/valor/army-pfc-christopher-f-pfeifer/3071783 ….com/valor/army-pfc…
- — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)Fri, May 24 2013 14:35:31And Pfc. Brian Moquin, who was killed in a helicopter crash in 2006 http://projects.militarytimes.com/valor/army-pfc-brian-m-moquin-jr/1768422 ….com/valor/army-pfc…
- — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)Fri, May 24 2013 15:08:25And SGT Buddy Hughie http://projects.militarytimes.com/valor/army-sgt-buddy-j-hughie/2579334 ….com/valor/army-sgt…
- More of his followers began chiming in -- and Tapper began retweeting their memories of fallen service members to his more than 1 million followers
- — CAPN RON (@TROOPER8341)Fri, May 24 2013 15:04:51@jaketapper I'll remember CTO2 Steve TESMER the sole operator type on board the EC121 shot down by NK in 68. my room mate and friend
- — Debie White (@GeekDeb)Fri, May 24 2013 14:49:17@jaketapper My daddy 1SGT Robert Scholz Died 2/7/2010 Served Vietnam and Korea twice each. Not in action but served our country for 20+ yrs.
- — Traci Chadbourne (@TChadbourne)Fri, May 24 2013 15:12:48@jaketapper Remembering Maj Charles Creech who passed away 2yrs. Ago after a distinguished career flying for the US Air Force. Dear friend!
- — Bruce Armstrong (@brucearmstrong1)Fri, May 24 2013 15:14:09@jaketapper My great-uncle, MAJ Stanley Holmes, US Army, POW in Philippines during WWII, killed aboard the hellship Oryoku Maru, 12-15-44
- — Don Willett (@JusticeWillett)Fri, May 24 2013 15:18:52
- — Milkshakes Anytime (@MomMilkshake)Fri, May 24 2013 15:34:06@jaketapper My Uncle, Maj. Kenneth P. Tanner. Killed In Vietnam in last major battle, Operation Ripcord. Left 4 children behind.
- — Andy (@savorysalmon)Fri, May 24 2013 15:34:40.@jaketapper I'm remembering LT John Valek, USN. Served '38-'52 - WW2/Korea. Survived the sinking of the USS Wasp in '42. Passed in 2000 RIP
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