Party Plan: Honor Our Fallen at Mindful Memorial Foundation

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This year you may not be able to attend Memorial Day ceremonies or parades you normally do to show your respect for the American soldiers who gave their lives to protect our freedom. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make this a meaningful holiday. This year honor our fallen at Mindful Memorial Foundation.

The Mindful Memorial Foundation invites you to join us in honoring the lives of 7000 service members from the safety of your own home.

The Mindful Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 2014 to honor heroes in mindful ways. Mindfully honoring our nation’s heroes keeps their stories alive, helps us understand that our gratitude matters and reminds us that we are all responsible for ensuring our freedoms for future generations. For the past six years we honored our nation’s fallen by creating a living memorial of yellow ribbons each with the name of a service member. Over Memorial Day Weekend we gave each ribbon away.

Mindful Memorial Day 2020 will be different, but our commitment stays the same.

In 2019, thousands of individuals from the United States and beyond joined the Mindful Memorial Foundation at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the lives of 6,912 service members who died since September 11, 2001. For the first time in the six-year run of Mindful Memorial Day, every single name was honored. Regrettably, this year, we will add 88 names to that list. In 2020, therefore, we will be honoring the names of 7,000 fallen service members.

In light of the global outbreak of COVID-19, we will not be holding our annual event at Arlington National Cemetery in its traditional form. We recognize we aren’t alone; across the United States, parades have been canceled, barbeques will be sparse, and wreath-laying services will take place in isolation. While Memorial Day celebrations will inevitably look different in 2020, one thing will remain true: the sentiment behind the holiday.

As our nation bears witness to the incomprehensible sacrifices made by front-line medical and essential workers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is timelier than ever that we pay homage to US service members, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Like those in the medical field and supply chain, service of God and country cannot take place from the comfort of home. As individuals around the United States remain at home for the collective good of their family and community, this Memorial Day we remember those who will never return home again.

This year, the Mindful Memorial Foundation invites you to join us in honoring the lives of 7,000 fallen service members from the comfort of your own home. Go to www.mindfulmemorialfoundation.org to learn how to help and support the foundation and its mission.

Besides support of the foundation, here’s how you can mindfully honor a fallen service member:

  • Say their name.
  • Take a moment to honor their sacrifice.
  • Keep their name close to your heart for the day. Share your thoughts and experience with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by using the hashtags#MMD2020 and #GratitudeforSacrifice.

With your family this year, please show your respect for our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.

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