Mindful Memorial Day
Organized by: Steve M
EVENT DATE May 29, 2017
Mindful Memorial Day(501c3) was inaugurated 5 years ago by Armor Down, a Virginia -based organization dedicated to helping our military service members make a successful transition back to civilian life. Armor Down’s founder, disabled Iraq War veteran Ben King, believes that honoring the fallen with mindfulness can serve as a way to bridge the civilian-military divide.
Mindful Memorial Day 2018 begins on Sunday, May 20, inside the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Following a brief ceremony, volunteers will begin hanging close to 7000 yellow ribbons in remembrance of our fallen warriors, especially those from The War on Terror. This Fallen Warrior Ribbon Memorial will remain on display in the Exhibit Gallery for the entire week preceding Memorial Day Weekend.
On Saturday, May 26, the observance begins with an 8 a.m. ceremonial meditation for volunteers. Afterward, volunteers will bring the Ribbon Memorial to life by conducting visitors into the Exhibit Gallery, explaining the significance of the ribbons, and guiding them through the process of honoring an individual warrior by offering a mindful moment of gratitude. If they consent, visitors will take down a single ribbon and be given an adhesive label containing the name, date of death, and operation of a fallen warrior. The label is then applied to the ribbon, which can be worn around the neck. The Fallen Warrior Ribbon Memorial will last through Memorial Day.
The Fallen Warrior Ribbon Memorial is the centerpiece of Mindful Memorial Day’s veterans outreach plan. Honoring the Fallen with mindful moments of gratitude has proven to be an effective way to introduce mindfulness to the Veteran community. To expand upon this proven foundation MMDF is raising funds to create a mindful meditation app. Unlike most if not all civilian and VA created mindfulness meditation apps this app will be a little bit irreverent. There will not be fancy language or images of beautiful retreat centers and spas. Our mindfulness community will be like our veterans: to the point, effective and fun.
Between now and the end of Memorial Day, MMD will recruit 250 beta testers from the Veteran Community. Each beta will receive a free mindful meditation cushion following Memorial Day that will give them exclusive access to the Mindfulness Community app. Their feedback will drive the development and by the end of the year the app will be complete and free for the community to start using.
We need your help to create our mindfulness community app. Two hundred and fifty meditation cushions will cost us $10,000 and the development of the app will cost $16,000.
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