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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Friday Five: Remembrance



Earlier this week the U.S. celebrated Veterans' Day, known in many other countries as Remembrance Day. At this time last year I was commuting to a postdoc in Canada, and I was moved by the many red poppies that showed up there on people's lapels in honor of the observance. Unlike a flag lapel pin, which to me has political connotations and implies approval of our current war, the poppies simply honor the sacrifice and dedication of those who have followed their consciences by serving--sometimes dying--in the military.

This week's Friday Five invites reflection on the theme of remembrance, which is also present in the feasts of All Saints, celebrated in many liturgical churches on November 1, and All Souls--known in Latin@ cultures as the Day of the Dead--celebrated in some the following day.

1. Did your church have any special celebrations for All Saints/All Soul's Day?

2. How about Veterans' Day?

3. Did you and your family have a holiday for Veterans' Day/Remembrance Day? If so, how did you take advantage of the break?

4. Is there a veteran in your life, living or dead, whose dedication you remember and celebrate? Or perhaps a loved one presently serving in the armed forces?

5. Do you have any personal rituals which help you remember and connect with loved ones who have passed on?

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27 comments:

  1. I always find remembrance difficult, and so have welcomedthe chance to reflect remembering here

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  2. Not doing any of the "remembering" services you suggest (All Saints, Veterans) so I'll take a pass this week... but I'll try and visit when I am bored with writing papers.

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  3. I played here and more to say than I thought I would...

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  4. Here are my musings about remembering on Veteran's Day/Remembrance Dad

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  5. I'll be remembering you. This was a good one, yet emotional. Thanks for reminding us to remember.

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  6. I haven't played for a long time, but I remembered here

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  7. Before leaving for Houston to see three of my four children, I remembered here.

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  8. I played here. I really liked the topic - thank you for helping me take the time to remember.

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  9. I remembered here. It's so nice to be back at the Friday Five!

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  10. I wrote here . This was painful because I think, EVERY DAY, about my husband returning to Iraq. It's exhausting. I know I should (!!!!) let go of things about which I can do nothing... but this just isn't like that. Because of the public nature of the blog and the internet, I didn't say much about how I feel about the situation.

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  11. Though I seem to have done nothing but blog about remembering this month, I've had one final attempt!

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  12. I played. Today's post was easier than yesterday's! Oh...and you absolutely must admire the beautiful boy whose pictures are above today's Friday Five! LOL Wife, Mother, Pastor is my spot.

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