The incomplete circle above the rifle symbolizes Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing
our fullest attention into the present moment.
The rifle, helmet, boots and dog tags symbolize a
service member who died in a combat theater.
The two symbols together represent our sacred responsibility
to honor the fallen in a mindful manner.
A living memorial . . . in 2019 for the sixth consecutive year, Mindful Memorial Day was observed with the hanging of yellow ribbons and fallen warrior cards—one for each service member killed in-theater since September 11, 2001.
The Mindful Memorial Day Foundation is proud to
announce that we honored 100% fallen names in 2019!
The ribbons and their attached cards were suspended from the rafters of The Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the gates of Arlington National Cemetery.
In 2014 we hung 6,805 yellow ribbons at the Women's Memorial. After a recent update of our database, we’re sad to report that the number has climbed to 6,964.
The fallen warrior cards are initially blank but have a space where an adhesive tag with a service member’s name and other information can be applied. Visitors may request a specific service member or accept a random choice. By using multiple sources—including searching through news articles and obituaries—we’ve double-checked names, dates, military branches, rankings, operations being supported, and hometowns to make sure the information on each tag is as accurate as possible.
With their consent visitors were lead by a volunteer through a mindful moment of gratitude. The ribbon was then turned into a necklace that the visitor could take home as a reminder and memento. Visitors were also encouraged to memorialize “their” fallen warrior on the Mindful Memorial Day Facebook page.