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Pagan Rites for the Dead on Memorial Day

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Pagan Memorial Day Rites in California, Minnesota, & Wisconsin

SAN FRANCISCO AREA

The Order of the Pentacle, a Wiccan/Pagan veterans organization sponsored by Circle Sanctuary, is among the sponsors of A Ritual of Remembrance organized by The Pagan Alliance (http://thepaganalliance.org/) on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2009 at the Lafayette War Memorial in the San Francisco Bay area of California, beginning at 11:30 am PDT.

The ritual will be conducted by two Pagan leaders from California, Brighde Indigo, a US Army veteran and member of the Order of the Pentacle, and James A. Bianchi, an attorney and Druid. Pagans of many traditions and organizations will be taking part in the ceremony.

The ritual is open to Pagans and those of other paths. Those planning to take part should gather no later than 11:15 am near the handicapped parking zone behind the Lafayette BART station. If possible, those attending should bring one or more flowers to leave at the site. Participants also are welcome to bring banners, flags, drums, and other ritual tools.

A Ritual of Remembrance will feature the placing of a Pentacle at the memorial in honor of Wiccan soldier Sgt. Jason A. Schumann who was killed May 19, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. Schumann, who served in the U.S. Army, died when a bomb exploded near his vehicle in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, about one hundred miles west of Baghdad. He was killed in action less than one month after the US Department of Veterans Affairs finally added the Pentacle to its list of emblems of belief authorized to be included on the grave markers it issues http://www.cem.va.gov/hm/hmemb.asp.

Sgt. Schumann, who lived with his family in Minnesota, is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. His grave is marked with an upright marble headstone with Pentacle, issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. More information and photos of Sgt. Schumann and his Pentacle gravestone is on-line: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/liberty/veteranpentacle/jschumann.htm
A tribute to him is on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42rj2qaZkqs

For more information about A Ritual of Remembrance: Contact Victoria Slind-Flor, [email protected] and/or Patricia Kevena Fili, (510) 872-0568.
Also, see The Pagan Alliance press release: http://www.thepaganalliance.org/?PageID=138


MINNEAPOLIS

On Monday, May 25, at 10 am, Sgt. Schumann will also be remembered and honored in a Pagan Memorial Day ceremony at his gravesite at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ritual will be conducted by Joe Jarvinen, Order of the Pentacle artist, his wife Tracy, and their group, Lodge Yggdrasill. Pagans of all paths are invited to take part in the ritual.

Please arrive at Sgt. Schumann’s gravesite (Section T, Site 3677) by 10 am. The ceremony will include the speaking of his name and the placing of flowers. Participants are invited to bring one or more fresh flowers to place at Sgt. Schumann’s grave and Pentacle headstone.

For more information about the ritual, contact Tracy: [email protected]

For directions & more information about this national veterans cemetery run by the US Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftsnelling.asp


CIRCLE CEMETERY in WISCONSIN

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, deceased Wiccan/Pagan soldiers and veterans will be honored at Veterans Ridge at Circle Cemetery, a National Pagan cemetery located at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve near Barneveld, Wisconsin.

Selena Fox, Order of the Pentacle founder and high priestess of Circle Sanctuary, will conduct a Memorial Day Military Pagans tribute ritual. This private ceremony will begin with an honoring of all Wiccans and other Pagans currenting serving in the US military as well as veterans, and expressions of support for equal rights for all Military Pagans and their families.

This will be followed by the placing of flowers from Circle Sanctuary land at each of the seven gravesites of Pagan veterans with cremains interred at the cemetery. Flowers will also be placed at the main Veterans Ridge altar to honor those whose remains are elsewhere.

Part of the ceremony will include a special honoring of Wiccan/Pagan soldiers killed in action. Selena will speak each name and sound a bell in tribute. In remembering Sgt. Jason Schumann, Selena will also acknowledge his remembrances at the Pagan Memorial Day rites in California and Minnesota.

The Pagan War Dead tributes part of the rite will culminate with the honoring of Sgt. Patrick Stewart. Sgt. Stewart was killed in 2005 while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. More info: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/liberty/veteranpentacle/AboutSgtStewart.htm The long quest to get the Pentacle authorized for inclusion on VA veteran gravestones received widespread public support when his widow Roberta spoke out in the media. Selena will place by Sgt. Stewart's VA-issued Pentacle gravestone an arrangement of red carnations and a pink rose sent by Roberta in his memory and to commemorate the Pentacle Quest victory.

More information about Veterans Ridge: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/ministries/military/veteransridge.html
More information about the Pentacle Quest & victory: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/liberty/veteranpentacle/
More information about the Order of the Pentacle:

http://www.circlesanctuary.org/ministries/military/ootp.html

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