Monday, May 25, 2009

Tweet to Remind: Social Media for Memorial Day

I wish I had learned about this sooner. 

Tweet to Remind is a creation of the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the ad agency, Porter Novelli.

To use their own words, "If every person who visits donates $5.25 in time for Memorial Day weekend, we could raise $1.65 million to help America's heroes as they return home."

Woodruff, you'll recall, is the reporter who was slated to take over the anchor chair at ABC News, until he was gravely wounded by a land mine while covering a story on the Iraq War. Tweet to Remind is only the latest project of his, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as their families.

Woodruff asks bloggers and tweeters to post a simple note answering, "Who is your hero?" and encourage readers to do the same. Also to set up a link to your blog post from your Twitter account. 

For the record, my hero is my grandfather, Nathan Solomon. He was an officer and physician in the Medical Corps stationed in France during WWll, but his real heroism surfaced during his years in private practice in the Bronx as the neighborhood around him burned. He refused to leave the patients who depended on him even after he was beaten and robbed on numerous occasions. He also showed his valor as both his children died at tragically young ages. And as the wife who he was married to for an eternity passed away. He was the guy who taught me all the right values. He was such a great character and had so strong an effect on me that no day goes by that I don't think about him. Thanks, Grandpa.

Sorry to post this so late, but there's still today.



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