Veterans Urge Pokémon Go Players to be Respectful at Calgary Military Memorials

According to a report by the Calgary Sun, Canadian veterans and their families are outraged with the presence of Pokémon Go players at Calgary’s military memorials, and have urged them to refrain from hunting their digital preys at such locations. “Please be respectful and refrain from playing Pokémon Go when visiting Canadian War Cemeteries & Memorials”, said a tweet by Veterans Affairs Canada on Saturday.

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The Minister of Veterans Affairs and Calgary MLA Kent Hehr also retweeted the request, asking Canadians to “Please be respectful”. Calgary has several memorials honouring veterans and fallen soldiers spread through the city. The publication points out that Central Memorial park is the city’s largest with three “Pokéstops” at separate memorials, including the cenotaph (pictured above) where veterans and the public gather every Remembrance Day. A nearby fountain overlooking the cenotaph is a “Pokémon Gym,” where players gather to do battle with other gamers.

“You don’t hide a Pokemon Go creature behind a monument,” said retired Lt.-Col. Rick Wright of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVNUP).

“That’s part of the problem, most people don’t understand what a memorial is, they think it’s a hunk of concrete. “If you don’t have the background knowledge, you have no idea. To me, that’s one of the faults of the education system.” 

Memorials at Garrison Green — including Peacekeepers Park, where Sunday’s sombre ceremony took place, and Buffalo Park — are also “Pokestops,” as well as the placards placed on street corners named after veterans of Canada’s Peacekeeping operations.

Memorials in the U.S. have also been plagued by Pokémon players, with the U.S. Holocaust Museum and the Arlington National Cemetery both requesting visitors to refrain from hunting Pokémon while visiting the monuments.

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  • Mark Ritter

    Would you please stop it with the Pokémon news.
    I’m sure all the teenagers got it by now.
    This is becoming ridiculous!!

  • Tim Stewart

    I very much agree that the players should be respectful, but I also see that there are many people visiting the memorials that would never have known that they were there in the first place and some may even be curious about what this thing they’re standing in front of is. As with anything that people do in the world, ensuring that you’re acting appropriately for the location, and treating others with respect, then everyone should be fine.

  • Jack

    you don’t have to read it

  • Johnny Drama

    Dude can you just stop…your weak troll game is not winning anything. Just skip Pokemon news if you don’t like it. I like these updates so bugger off.

  • Mark Ritter

    I just find it preposterous and there are others who feel that way about that silly game, and we’ll voice our opinions about such stupidity.
    Having said that, if you don’t share my opinion, you can “Just skip” it …. Dude!!

  • Mark Ritter

    I don’t read any articles related to that silly game. I just express my disdain for it.

  • jenker

    You don’t read the article but you take the time to comment on most of them. That’s a really smooth way of announcing to thousands of people that you’re a troll. Now do what trolls do and run along.

  • Sidney

    Grandpa please, as I told you before it’s a game played mostly by people who grew up in the 90’s.

  • Quattro

    Wait… So YOU can have an opinion, but others can’t? I agree that Pokemon is stupid, and I just skip over those posts… except the ones, like this one, that I find interesting.

  • Quattro

    So you can’t loiter around monuments? Hunting imaginary creatures around them is causing harm HOW exactly? I don’t get it.

    It’s not like people are kneeling in worship around these things. THEN, I would understand the notion of lack of respect. But these areas are usually void of people.

    This is MONUMENTally silly.

  • Mark Ritter

    How can expressing an opinion about a silly game can be considered a “troll”?!
    That’s not even a coherent sentence. It doesn’t make any sense.
    It seems you’re an idiot … you’re just too stupid to realize it.
    Now we know!!

  • Mark Ritter

    That may be very well the case … so, you’re just a kid.
    That explains it.