Memorial to fallen soldiers

Memorial to Collateral Damages of War

Memorial Day commemorates fallen soldiers but it should also recognize the loss of innocent civilians whose deaths are considered ‘collateral damage’ of war. Sadly, the never-ending war against terrorism seems to yield many such killings. Recently the deaths of 22 young people at a Manchester, England concert has captured the world’s sympathy and attention as did the stabbing of 2 brave men on an Oregon train who tried to stand up to hateful, anti-Muslim bullying. We must also ask why do we not mourn the hundreds of civilians killed in bombings across the Middle East on an almost daily basis?

Our Soundings of the Planet motto is Peace Through Music and we continue to work toward peace and understanding in our world. We realize that fighting violence with violence is an ever-escalating situation that will not yield resolution. What if we respected all lives, especially the lives of our so-called enemies and their families? What if we changed our course and redirected our energies toward healing misunderstandings and finding common ground even when there appears to be none?

Every Day is Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery honoring fallen soldiers.

These are thoughts we are pondering this Memorial Day weekend. We realize there are no easy answers to these questions. In fact, death from war has existed since the beginning of recorded history. Yet, today in this era of instant worldwide communication, we have a great opportunity to stop fanning the flames of conflict and divisiveness and focus our attention toward understanding and mutual respect. We can’t help but think that putting our energies toward acceptance of people of different races, cultures and religions might at least begin to plant seeds of possibility for a more peaceful world. This can happen right in our own communities, where we live, where we work. When we address the source of conflict, we stimulate a cascade of events that can ultimately have a national and global effect.

A few years ago, we became aware of the cost of war trauma to our own soldiers. We developed some tools to help returning soldiers deal with their PTSD. If you or anyone you know suffers from such trauma, you can download our RELAXATION BASIC TRAINING GUIDE. We hope it helps in a small way people dealing with the negative results of war and trauma. Relaxation Basic Training Manual:
http://soundings.com/relaxation-basic-training-manual/

We welcome your thoughts and ideas on this subject. When you comment on our blog, we’ll send you a free mp3 of our music. Also, we hope you will take advantage of our Memorial Day Special. Enter the code: MEMORIAL17 at checkout to receive your discount.

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2 thoughts on “Memorial to Collateral Damages of War

  1. Marissa, thank you for your thoughtful words. Finding a balance between our desire for peace and the militarism of our country and world is a challenge each of us must face in a personal way. A few years ago, after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, when so many soldiers were coming home with PTSD and other wounds of war, Dean and I decided to reach out to the military and share some of our peace through music tools. We even went to Walter Reed and shared our music and our and healing offerings. We realized that even the soldiers who ‘voluntarily’ enlist are victims. In your own way, you can be a beacon for peace even in the midst of a community that seems diametrically opposed to your beliefs. Love and human kindness will always be stronger than hate and prejudice. We can only stay strong in our values and pray that others are positively affected by our actions. Peace Through Music blessings to you!

  2. Thank you Dudley. I live in a military town right now and they had an armed forces parade 2 weeks ago. It was rather shocking to see torpedos, mustangs and even children in marching in uniforms after coming from a liberal area. I did not see anything on Memorial day weekend either that honored those lost in war either.. Is this to mask the real effects of war from the public?.Just to bolster Military Pride. I fee like this community is effecting me negatively and i am getting rather confused on how to act in a community as I feel I am a minority to military and war funding here .How can so many people think like this? Please help me on how i can understand and communicate to others about memorial day and in the context of this environment ..if you can please. Thanks

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