Mindful Memorial Day 2015
Organized by: Steve M
EVENT DATE May 28, 2016
For the third consecutive year, Mindful Memorial Day will be observed with the hanging of yellow ribbons and fallen warrior cards at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. One yellow ribbon and attached fallen warrior card will be hung for each service member killed in-theater since September 11, 2001 in Operation Eduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and, most recently, Operation Inherent Resolve. The ribbons will be suspended from the rafters of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the gates of Arlington National Cemetery.
In May of 2014, volunteers led by the Mindful Memorial Day Foundation (MMDF) hung 6,805 yellow ribbons in the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to honor every U.S. service member killed in action in the Iraq and Afghanistan. By 2015, the number had risen to 6,821. With the resumption of limited combat operations in western Iraq the number has climbed to 6,851. With approximately 4,000 U.S. troops currently deployed to Iraq at the moment, this number can be expected to rise.
In addition to honoring the fallen, the Mindful Memorial Day Foundation seeks to continue raising awareness and acceptance of the value of mindfulness techniques in the treatment of the psychological effects of combat. The MMDF is acting on the growing scientific evidence that mindfulness, combined with certain relaxation and awareness techniques, aids the transition from combat to peacetime. Please consider being a sponsor of this effort.
The Foundation has made Mindful Memorial Day the main event of its yearly effort to transform the national relationship between the warrior and the civilian. This year, warriors and civilians will gather to share in the responsibility of honoring the fallen and take part in a social media campaign designed to create and sustain a conversation about the warrior-civilian relationship.
Join us this Memorial Day weekend - May 28, 29 and 30, 2016 - at the Women's Memorial to participate in the living memorial and offer a mindful moment of gratitude to a fallen warrior. Saturday and Sunday the memorial will be open from 8am to 5pm. On Monday it will be open from 8am to 3pm.
At the top of the Mindful Memorial Logo is an incomplete circle. The circle is incomplete because working towards perfection is a journey, not a realizable destination. Your support of MMDF is support of a mission that never ends. There will never be a time when our nation is not obligated to honor the fallen.
The Concept of Mindfulness
Armor Down training integrates mindfulness into gym workouts. Mindfulness in this context is a meditation practice centered on breathing and close awareness of one's environment. Its origins are in Eastern spiritual and religious traditions. These techniques are not normally associated with the Western military tradition; nevertheless, they can be effective at reducing anxiety and controlling emotion associated with post-traumatic stress. Armor Down uses uses mindfulness meditation outside of its historical religious context to cope with stress, reduce anxiety, overcome depression, improve sleep and provide a full spectrum of physical and mental health benefits.
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Armor Down is the organization behind Mindful Memorial Day. Its founder is Iraq War Veteran Ben King. Read more about his activities here:
Yoga as a technique for mitigating military-related stress: