Memorial Day 2022

Tomorrow in the US, we celebrate Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor and remember all those of our soldiers who died in war. As is the norm, while businesses and schools may be closed tomorrow, the actual celebration of our honored military dead occurred today. For those outside the US, Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May and it became a national holiday in 1971. 


In my House today, it’s a day to remember the military dead with prayers, offerings, libations, and ritual. We tell their stories, tend their shrine (there is a separate shrine to the military dead in my ancestor shrine room), and visit graves. I’m part of the local Cemetery Committee in my town, and we arranged with the local Scout troop to have flags put on the military graves in all our cemeteries (there are quite a few in my area). Some towns have parades, and there is usually a ceremony at the American legion hall (ours had one this morning). 


I believe it is right and proper to remember our dead. We are here because we had ancestors who made hard choices. We are here because of ancestors who took up arms in defense of their land, their values, their families, the future of their families. This Memorial Day I pray for all our military dead, and I pray for all those who have died in defense of their country, this year especially those in Ukraine. There is a saying I hear often in pagan circles: “What is remembered, lives.” So, may they always live in the memory of those who remain. Hail them. 

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

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