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 will be observed with the hanging of yellow ribbons and fallen warrior cards—one for each service member killed in-theater since September 11, 2001. The ribbons and their attached cards will be 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 6,958.
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.
Visitors, with their consent, will be led by a volunteer through a mindful moment of gratitude. The ribbon is then turned into a necklace that the visitor may take home as a reminder and memento. Visitors are also encouraged to memorialize “their” fallen warrior on the Mindful Memorial Day Facebook page.
Schedule of Events for Mindful Memorial Day 2019
Sunday 19 May 2019, 8:00AM - 5:00PM:
Members of the foundation along with volunteers will hang 6,912 ribbons in the rafters of the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Additional ribbons will be also be assembled for other missions.
Friday 24 May 2019, 5:00PM:
Gold Star family members will be honored at a dinner hosted at the Women’s Memorial before visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for a candlelight vigil.
Saturday 25, Sunday 26 & Monday 27 May 2019:
8:00AM - 5:00PM: Members of the foundation and volunteers will honor fallen warriors by giving away personalized ribbons.
10:00AM - 5:00PM: Honor Brigade members will deploy into Arlington National Cemetery to visit grave sites and volunteers will make Compassion Walks.
Monday 27 May 2019:
10:00AM: Yournexstage will host and guide a Compassion Walk into Arlington National Cemetery.
1:00PM: Exit 12 Dance Company will perform in the Women’s Memorial Theater.
Armor Down is the organization behind Mindful Memorial Day. Its founder is Iraq War Veteran Ben King.