Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen

Let’s not forget those who have fought and fallen to protect our freedom to kick back and debate our religious communities’ issues.

Selena Fox is doing a ceremony to honor Pagan Military Dead this morning, and asks folks to check out the Pagan Military Association page on Facebook.

Celia, who wrote the anthem “Symbol” in response to the pentacle quest is offering a free download of the song today on ReverbNation.

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I found myself drawn to revisit The Wild Hunt post from May 6th, in which Jason Pitzl-Waters offers some heartfelt commentary on this picture from the Washington Post featuring a Wiccan veteran’s headstone.

I’m also drawn to e.e. cummings, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Rudyard Kipling, who wrote about the unnecessary horror of war.

I find myself listening to songs like The Foggy Dew, The Green Fields of France, Self Evident, and 8th of November.

I find myself thinking about my family who have served: those who were drafted, those who enlisted and those eager to serve but relegated to the Reserves or labeled 4F.

I’m thinking about Stewart, Heinlein, and the Pagan men and women who have fallen in service, and who are serving today.

How are you honoring the fallen today?

About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1226891346 Cara Schulz

    Our community does a ritual at the grave sites of fallen Pagans – http://pncminnesota.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/memorial-day-event/

    Personally – I observe the Genosia today – which is a day to honor those in your family who have died and to publicly honor the war dead.  I read Pericles Funeral Oration and offer incense and wine in tribute to those who have died for our country and to honor those who have or still are serving.  As we are in 3 (sigh) wars at the moment, I make offerings to Ares.  As the public aspect is to honor those who fought and died for our country, I honor Columbia. 

    This year my son is not here to do it with me as he is in Basic Training for the USAF.  He’s serving as I served and his father served and his grandfathers served and their fathers served.  Military service is honorable and a way to offer traditional cultus to the Gods.  Ares is no less deserving of tribute than Aphrodite and Columbia Eleutheria is worth serving.

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1226891346 Cara Schulz

    Our community does a ritual at the grave sites of fallen Pagans – http://pncminnesota.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/memorial-day-event/

    Personally – I observe the Genosia today – which is a day to honor those in your family who have died and to publicly honor the war dead.  I read Pericles Funeral Oration and offer incense and wine in tribute to those who have died for our country and to honor those who have or still are serving.  As we are in 3 (sigh) wars at the moment, I make offerings to Ares.  As the public aspect is to honor those who fought and died for our country, I honor Columbia. 

    This year my son is not here to do it with me as he is in Basic Training for the USAF.  He’s serving as I served and his father served and his grandfathers served and their fathers served.  Military service is honorable and a way to offer traditional cultus to the Gods.  Ares is no less deserving of tribute than Aphrodite and Columbia Eleutheria is worth serving.

     


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