Arlington National Cemetery says, ‘NO’ to Pokemon Go

Arlington National Cemetery says, ‘NO’ to Pokemon Go

July 14, 2016

Arlington National Cemetery says,  ‘NO’ to Pokemon Go

The new game sensation Pokemon Go has captured the attention of millions.  With Nintendo’s stock skyrocketing, the game seems set to take main stage, although, there are many caveats to the idea.  For instance, opponents of the game have stated the danger of luring players to desolate locations.  Three people in Parksville, MO were robbed at gunpoint while playing the game.   

Two teens in San Francisco, CA were robbed of their phone as they were intently mesmerized by the Pokemon screen

But what is Pokemon Go?  A game in the form of an app that is played on a smartphone.  The game utilizes real world maps and superimposes fictional characters and prizes on top of the maps.  Players roam throughout cities looking for various enemies, friends and prizes.  It is so popular that it is speculated to surpass Twitter in the number of U.S. active android users by week’s end.    

On Facebook, Louis Park made a name for himself for posting, “Just caught my first Pokémon on the Mosul front line by Teleskuf. Daesh come challenge me to a Pokémon battle.” 26 year-old Park, a Marine Veteran, is volunteering with  Dwehk Nawsha  “Christian militia who are fighting against Islamic State in Iraq.”  Park’s post quickly went viral

But, to add to the reach of this new game is the inclusion of several high profile somber locations such as the Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Both locations have asked Nintendo to remove their locations from the list and are currently asking players to respect the areas and to not play Pokemon Go on the graves of fallen soldiers nor around the memorial for the destruction of Nazism.  

                The Arlington National Cemetery had this to say, "Out of respect for all those interred at Arlington National Cemetery, we require the highest level of decorum from our guests and visitors," cemetery officials said in a statement. "Playing games such as 'Pokémon Go' on these hallowed grounds would not be deemed appropriate. We request that visitors to ANC refrain from such activity." "Out of respect for all those interred at Arlington National Cemetery, we require the highest level of decorum from our guests and visitors," cemetery officials said in a statement.   

"Playing games such as 'Pokémon Go' on these hallowed grounds would not be deemed appropriate. We request that visitors to ANC refrain from such activity."

                Other areas which have seen Pokemon Go incursions include: Auschwitz museum in Poland, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

got your six

Other Articles
Previous: Is it PTSD or is it Meflouquine?



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.