REFLECTION: MEMORIAL DAY!

I was taking the time to think and reflect upon my previous thoughts with regards to Memorial Day. Particularly the thought about being thankful for the living individuals. Who possess the ability to honor and remember the lives lost for nation. It goes without saying that the wounds of loss are deep. Grief that maybe only the grieving can truly understand. But what days such as Memorial Day allow for is: the allowance of collective grieving and remembrance, that that could be thought of as a mechanism for support of shared grief. But it is also a responsibility of a nation, especially because these are family members who have lost their loved ones for the protection, love, honor, defeat and victory of nation.

a responsibility of a nation #ShaziaBlog #Quote #MemorialDay

Nations around the world have also established customs, traditions, and practices so that memories can be honored. Which is why I especially included the following quote: “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Marcus Tullius Cicero. This quote is also associated with the Mexican / Hispanic / Latino speaking festival known as The Day Of The Dead,  Día de los Muertos, to honor and remember those who have died. Whilst Memorial Day is a designation to the Military members. However; this quote resonated with my thoughts particularly because its emphasis on the living. It takes the living to remember those who we are remembering.

cultural practices and traditions, which are vital for the formation of national identity. #ShaziaBlog #Quote #MemorialDay

I felt inspired that nations / population segments can share the same ideology, but the stark, vast differences can be found through cultural practices and traditions, which are vital for the formation of national identity. This is also why I would like to include the following quote: “You’re the next generation in the Tree of Life …” (Shimnoff, 286). How the living honor and remember the memories of the past, is also how the next generation of the living will, honor and remember the past.

“You’re the next generation in the Tree of Life …” (Shimnoff, 286). How the living honor and remember the memories of the past, is also how the next generation of the living will, honor and remember the past.

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Reference: Shimoff, M. Happy For No Reason. New York: Free Press, 2008. Print.

Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on May 27th and May 28th.

My thoughts to share with love & Kindness! 🌹

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