Every Veteran has a story to tell, and in 2016, VA shared many of their stories. In doing so, we hope that we have deepened your connection with the men and women who have served. From #VeteranOfTheDay posts, to articles covering Veterans’ experiences, and videos with of Medal of Honor recipients, we hope we’ve done our best to honor your stories.
As we approach 2017, please continue to share your stories with us. We are inspired by your courage and sacrifice.
Enjoy the VA’s 9 most popular Facebook posts of 2016 below:
On Feb. 3, 2016, we posted a video about United States Marine Corps combat photographer and Iwo Jima Veteran Norm T. Hatch as he shared his experience of the iconic flag raising atop Mount Suribachi. 1.3 million views
This video #VeteranOfTheDay featured Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald commemorating Vietnam War Veterans in a wreath-laying ceremony on March 29, 2016. 1.4 million views
Soon after the start of 2016, we paid tribute to Alyce Dixon, America’s oldest female Veteran. On Jan. 27, 2016, she passed away at the age of 108. 1.6 million views
Adaptive athlete and Veteran Derek Weida told his inspiring story through a video by Inspiredmedia360 and Carey Pena TV, which we shared with our Facebook audience on Feb. 27, 2016. 2.1 million views
The fifth most viewed post was a #VeteranOfTheDay honoring Army Veteran Gene Wilder on Aug. 30, 2016. Wilder passed away on Aug. 28. 2.6 million views
This video from Airman Magazine, posted on Jan. 29, 2016, features Carlyle Harris, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. He is credited with introducing ‘tap code,’ a form of communication that he and his fellow brothers in arms used to relay secret messages. 2.6 million views
The third most popular post we shared was a #VeteranOfTheDay honoring Air Force Veteran and painter Robert “Bob” Ross posted on July 14, 2016. 3.6 million views
On Feb. 29, 2016, we shared our video of U.S. Navy Senior Chief Edward Byers’s Medal of Honor ceremony. Byers Jr. took on three Taliban fighters and saved an American hostage. 5.4 million views
Our most popular Facebook post of 2016 was a video from Moments.org. Millions of you enjoyed this touching video on the bond between generations of those who have served. 10.4 million views