Today was the first day we were able to get into the pool and I've forgotten just how exhausting pool + sun can be. Having fun is tiring work. I'm not complaining, I'm just apologizing for tonight's less than stellar blog entry.
This is the US Medal of Honor. It's given to soldiers for:
"Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party."
About.com has more info on the symbolism:
|Air Force Version|
Very interesting symbolism: A Goddess at the center of a Pentacle pointing down, surrounded by a laurel wreath. (Don't forget Zeus' eagle on top...) Meanwhile Sgt. Patrick Stewart's family had to fight for YEARS to get a pentacle approved for his grave? Are you kidding me? I'm glad the pentacle was finally approved (If someone wants a Flying Spaghetti Monster that's their business), but my honest wish is that these services become unnecessary as peace guides the planets and love steers the stars. However, I'm practical and cynical in addition to being hopeful all at the same time. It's tough being a Libra. So here are a few listings of resources for Pagans in the military and their families. Please support them how you can, through a donation of money or time and effort.
Remembering Pagan War Dead : A note from Selena Fox
Circle Military Ministries: Information, networking, and support for Pagans who are serving and who have served in the military, and their families and friends. Open to individuals and groups of many Nature religion, Earth spirituality, and related paths, including Wiccan, Druidic, Heathen, Roman, Greek, Baltic, Egyptian, Pantheistic, others. Sponsored by Circle Sanctuary as part of its military support services.
The Witches Voice Military Pagan Pages: Groups, listings, guidelines, past articles, all relating to Pagans in the Military