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Google’s Puzzling D-Day Honors Continue

posted at 7:43 am on June 6, 2009 by

Google has recognized, via special logos, the 4th of July and highly selective other national holidays, but they seem to take issue with the anniversary of D-Day, and this year is no exception.

Today is the 65th anniversary of the beginning of the successful push to liberate Europe and keep the Nazis from their goal of global domination, and what is Google honoring? That’s right, the 25th birthday of the game Tetris. I kid you not:

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On June 6 of last year, Google recognized the 64th anniversary of D-Day by honoring… the birthday of Spanish painter Diego Velasquez. Liberation, schmiberation… look at this painting!

Google took some heat last year for ignoring D-Day, and with this Tetris thing it’s obvious that they’re just rubbing it in now. What’ll be the special logo on next year’s D-Day anniversary? Maybe Frogger.

In order to help honor those who sacrificed everything so Google could be so ignorant, here’s the famous Ronald Reagan speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day:

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My answer to Google is Scroogle

Jimbo on June 6, 2009 at 8:03 AM

Who cares who google commemorates. We do not need validation from a neo-fascist company anyway (YAY EARTHDAY IS HERE, WOO HOO ITS CHE GUEVARA DAY, FIEL CASTRO’s BIRTHDAY ALREADY?). If they did commemorate it the irony would be overpowering as it is. Thank you for the link to President Reagan’s Speech. It reminds me that in WWII we could not have had Sir Winston Churchill without Neville Chamberlain showing the world the powerlessness of the weak willed. Ditto, we could not have had Ronald Reagan without Jimmy Carter showing America saidsame lesson.

alohapundit on June 6, 2009 at 10:40 AM

oops *FIEL = FIDEL

alohapundit on June 6, 2009 at 10:41 AM

It took years of pointing the lack of Google doing anything on Memorial Day. Finally this year, the put up a yellow ribbon. Like how they rank pages in their search engine, Google logos are mystery.

I rarely go to Google’s home page when I search. I use the search field in my Firefox browser. So I avoid most of the logo tributes unless there’s controversy.

seanhackbarth on June 6, 2009 at 1:19 PM

As pointed out by someone else in a main page thread, Microsoft’s new http://bing.com has a nice D-Day reference.

eforhan on June 6, 2009 at 4:30 PM