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?
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:
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.