No Honor For Memorial Day By Google But Bing, Yahoo & Ask.com Give Respect

May 26, 2014 • 7:56 am | comments (21) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos
 

Today is Memorial Day in the United State of America, an important day where Americans honor the lives and contributions of those who died while in service for the country. Typically, the search engines give respect to the day and the individuals and families by creating a custom background image, logo or placing a ribbon on the site.

This year, Google has currently done nothing. The Google home page is blank, no logo, no ribbon, nothing. Last year, Google had a ribbon on their home page with an alt tag specifically saying what it was for. Here is a picture:

Google Memorial Day

This year, there is nothing at all on the Google home page for the day. Google has said in 2008 they do not do Doodles for sad days such as Memorial Day. Google wrote then:

Thank you for your note. We understand your interest in seeing a Memorial Day Google logo. If we were to commemorate this holiday, we'd want to express reverence; however, as Google's special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature, this would be a particularly challenging design.

We wouldn't want to create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful in any way.

We have a long list of holidays that we'd like to celebrate in the future. We have to balance this rotating calendar with the need to maintain the consistency of the Google homepage. We really appreciate your feedback regarding the Google logo, and please be assured that we're actively pursuing ways in which we can acknowledge Memorial Day and other such occasions in the future.

Regards, The Google Team

But no ribbon? Google has done ribbons on sad days, even Memorial Day.

Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com have special logos or themes for the day:

Yahoo's Animated Logo:

Yahoo Memorial Day 2014

Bing:

Bing Memorial Day 2014

Ask.com:

Ask.com Memorial Day 2014

Search Engine Roundtable (us):

SER Memorial Day 2014

So Google, what is up?

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

Update: After 2pm EST, Google added a Memorial Day ribbon to their home page, but is it too little, too late?

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Comments:

Mustafa

05/26/2014 12:08 pm

Google is a disgrace. I stopped using the google search engine years ago just because of their lack of respect for the coutry that gave them their start. Hope they go bankrupt.

JesusChrist

05/26/2014 01:26 pm

My God, you disgruntled SEOs are really grasping at straws for something to complain about with Google.

JesusChrist

05/26/2014 01:28 pm

Also, what does Yahoo's exclamation point turning into a cowboy and roping an H have to do with memorial day?

Shaggyman11

05/26/2014 01:31 pm

But you'll give a doodle to Cesar Chavez (instead of Easter)--not exactly a light hearted little piece of work that man was or stood for...good going Google.

F1 Steve

05/26/2014 02:06 pm

Are u Mexican Jesus? The real Jesus already has all the answers!

Uncle-Sam

05/26/2014 04:17 pm

Morally they already have !

Thomas

05/26/2014 06:46 pm

google finally put up a flag like 2013... same one, just says Memorial Day 2014 when you hover. Shouldn't have bothered sense it was an after thought :/ Obviously didnt want to do it to begin with. But they will eagerly post stupid doodles for some random person no one has heard of that lived 100's of years ago. Its clear that they have no respect for those that have fought and died for the freedoms we have here in the States. Having it displayed now is avoiding backlash and not a memorial. Pathetic.

Thomas

05/26/2014 06:52 pm

Google should be ashamed. But we fought for their freedom to Not Post a memorial doodle so yeah... their welcome anyway :/

Fedor

05/26/2014 07:28 pm

It's what happens when companies go global. You don't want to step on any more toes than you have to.

JesusChrist

05/26/2014 10:07 pm

Yeah F1 Steve, that was really stupid. Now back to my question, since these SEOs are really offended about Google not honoring Memorial Day, what does an exclamation point turning into a cowboy with a lasso have to do with soldiers who died while serving?

Patriot

05/27/2014 01:24 am

It really is a shame. Google is based in the USA. It thrives because of being in the USA. It is protected by US laws. And they come up with lamest excuses for not commemorating important holidays! If people are offended by Holidays that the USA celebrates, then they need to get over it. And Google really disrespects Veterans by not having some type of heartfelt display on their start page. I think it is time to start chopping down Google. Shame on you Google!

bea

05/27/2014 04:12 am

If it wasn't for the soldiers who defended our freedom, where would google be? Maybe we should all go use another website?

Clee White

05/27/2014 11:24 am

I noticed the tiny little icon yesterday and thought it was disgraceful. Notice the BIG logo today for the birthday of environmentalist Rachael Carson. Stunning difference. They are a sick lot, those globalists!!!

Clee White

05/27/2014 11:27 am

Google is on board with the globalist's agenda, there is no doubt. They make it very obvious and hide everything in plain sight. We are headed for destruction in this country and we, the people, have allowed it to happen. ; {

Clee White

05/27/2014 11:29 am

We are not grasping, simply stating facts. Those who have eyes to see and ears to hear know what is going on. There rest of this country is fast asleep.

Clee White

05/27/2014 11:31 am

Well said. Uncle-Sam, your statement applies to the whole of this country. Sadly, too many natural born citizens are fast asleep and don't care enough about history to understand what is coming!

Mac

05/27/2014 12:20 pm

many have moved to bing ;)

Carter

05/27/2014 02:55 pm

Global? No, I disagree. The only thing global about Google is the employees. If Global was the reason, then why do they constantly show respect to dead Americas (May 27 2014 for example one day AFTER memorial day)? Google; you suck. You can't give a nod to the hundreds of thousands of the dead for giving their life for their country, but you consistently high five individual dead people for a cause that you find hip.

BigSky1970

05/27/2014 03:46 pm

Bing has global pages like Google, but the US pages honor US holidays.

Danamo

05/28/2014 05:46 am

Google has shown disrespect to Memorial Day once too often and I have now switched to Bing.

panola60

05/29/2014 10:59 am

It's not just Google, also Russia, North Korea, Al-Qaeda, The Taliban

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