Why was Google Gray Remembrance Day?

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Google has long surprised users with elaborate, themed “Google Doodles” to honor the holidays and mark historical milestones. While each year is slightly different, Google has traditionally honored Memorial Day with an understated gray logo that , when clicked, takes you to search results for the holiday.This year, however, Google has added an additional component to commemorate Memorial Day.

What makes this year’s gray logo different?

When Google opened on Memorial Day 2022, the search engine featured a gray logo, which had been customized for a few years on the holidays. However, Google went even further this year to honor Veterans. Clicking on the Google logo redirected to search results for Memorial Day, but this year it accompanied an animation of long-stemmed poppies that simulate slow motion across a breeze, followed by the message “For all those who sacrificed, thank you”.

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The animation itself is slow, with a decent pause between the messages of “For all those who sacrificed” and “Thank you”, further honoring the party by simulating a pseudo moment of silence.

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Is Google only gray on Remembrance Day?

Aside from Memorial Day, Google grayed out its logo on December 4, 2018 as a memorial for the passing of George HW Bush. Bush, before becoming the 41st President of the United States, served in the Navy, where he was the youngest fighter pilot in World War II. While Google doodles are largely unpredictable, there are certainly patterns, and it seems the solemn gray is reserved to honor those who have served and fought for the country.

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