Memorial Day has come to have many meanings, from the unofficial kick off to the summer to the first BBQ of the season to the actual intended purpose of remembering the men and women who have fallen serving in the armed forces. However you feel about the military and wars and what have you, it’s hard to discount the bravery and sometimes ultimate sacrifice some citizens make to serve their country. And so this is why we decided to participate in this year’s Mindful Memorial Day because, as a community focusing on the peace and wellness of all, why miss an opportunity to show our support and compassion for a more mindful world?
The message behind Mindful Memorial Day is like this, via the crowdrise page:
The purpose of Mindful Memorial Day is twofold. First, to observe Memorial Day with a weekend ceremony that includes a candlelight vigil on Memorial Avenue, near Arlington National Cemetary. Second, to raise awareness and acceptance of the value of Complementary Alternative Medicine in the treatment of the psychological effects of combat.
We’re joining in on spreading the awareness by hosting this flash t-shirt giveaway, gifted by the folks behind Mindful Memorial Day. To win a shirt, leave a comment below, on facebook or twitter on why “mindfulness” is an important concept when it comes to celebrating Memorial Day. This is only open today!
If you want more info about the Mindful Memorial Day events in DC check out the facebook invite. One of the day’s scheduled events is a discussion of bill HR 3516 a bill introduced by Congressman Tim Ryan to guarantee veterans access to Complementary Alternative Medicine.
Learn more at the fundraising event page here.
UPDATE: Congrats to Susan! Thank you all for sharing your mindful thoughts.