For me, the beauty of the celebration of Memorial Day, is the emphasis placed upon remembering the finest qualities in people who have passed on before us. We place the spotlight on other people instead of ourselves. Much attention is focused on the military community, and rightfully so. Without the brave service of these men and women, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we enjoy today. I salute the courage of these brave warriors.
I have friends who have traditions, as well. Some visit the graveyard where their loved ones rest and others have gathering of friends and family, usually involving food, to honor the person(s) memory. In all cases, the focus is on the positive qualities of the dearly departed. We are paying “special attention” to these higher ideals and what they stand for.
For me, as a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, I absolutely love the idea of a Memorial Day. It highlights attention on the positive aspects of the people we respect and admire. I think the secret might be to take all these wonderful qualities we admire in our loved ones and incorporate them into our own daily lives.
We should have Memorial days more often than once a year.
May all the positive qualities of your dearly departed loved ones be absorbed in every fiber of your being.
Peace and Happiness, always