Memorial Day Remembrance: Horses of War

Straight from the Horse's Heart

“Please remember to join myself and other fellow Americans in taking a moment of silence at 3 PM today in honor of all the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live free and unfettered in the greatest country in the world, the United States of American!” ~ R.T.


From George Washington’s beloved sorrel to a little mare who braved the front lines of the Korean War, here are five unsung equine heroes.

Horses have performed multiple roles throughout military history; they’ve been used for transportation, reconnaissance missions, cavalry charges, packing supplies, and communications. And—when taught to kick, strike, and bite—they became weapons nearly as deadly as those their riders were wielding. War horses also had a potent psychological impact on men in battle—their powerful presence could boost morale and courage, or instill uncontrollable fear in enemy troops.

Though the heyday of the cavalry is over, the…

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Cairns

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Cairns are piles of stones that can range from a few stones in one small area, to enormous constructions containing millions of stones.  Cairns are found on every continent.  They were built in may styles and sizes.  Most mistake mounds for Cairns and they are wrong to do so.   Mounds are burial mounds.  Cairns literally means  “piles of stones” or “heap of stone”.  People think the Cairns were built for several different reasons, but the ancients had only on reason for building them.  A reason that most will not be able to comprehend.  

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Decorating with Crystals for Memorial Day

By Tara Mideaker

In the late 1800’s, “Decoration Day” was established to commemorate those soldiers who had given their lives during the Civil War.  The name derives from flowers and other decorative items that were placed on the gravesites.  As we moved into the 20th Century, May 30th was set aside to memorialize all service men and women who had died while in the armed forces and Memorial Day was adopted as a National Holiday.  This day has continued to evolve and today it serves as a remembrance of all those loved ones who have passed on.  Celebrated on the last Monday of May, it also serves as the unofficial start of the summer season and is best known for parades, fireworks and, of course, barbecues.

There are many religions and cultures who believe that when we pass on from this life we move into the “Summerland”, a place of endless beauty and peace. It is interesting that, perhaps subconsciously, we have adopted a day where we remember those we have lost while at the same time welcoming the summer season.  Throughout its many evolutions, Memorial Day has always been a time to enjoy food and activities with our family and friends.  Maybe the intent of this day was always about finding the joy in each of our lives – even while we mourn our losses.

Here are a few suggestions on how to use crystals to honor someone with your own “Decoration Day” tradition.  Decoration means “to beautify or embellish” and crystals are one of nature’s most beautiful decorations.  The perfect crystal will remind you of the happy times while at the same time helping to you heal from your loss.

ALTAR:  Creating an altar is a traditional and practical way to remember your loved one.  Be sure to find a quiet place and insure that the focus of the space will be respected.   Include items that remind you of your loved one – photos, flowers, statues or knick-knacks, candles, and even jewelry.  Just be sure that the items you choose remind you of joyful times and how that person lived their life.  You want this altar to celebrate their life more than a reminder that they are gone.   Amber has a very strong life-affirming energy that will be a very positive addition to your memorial.  It is a powerful healer and will enable you to manifest the happiest of thoughts and memories.  Snowflake Obsidian is a very calming & supportive crystal that is particularly helpful when you are grieving.  Its very appearance of black and white reminds us that there is a balance to life and that while it is okay to feel sad, it is just as important to remember how to be happy.

CEMETERY:  While visiting a cemetery or final resting place of your loved one, a Rhodochrosite will offer comfort and compassion and remind you of the love that you shared.  It will help to release any old, damaging emotions and enable you to move on in a positive light. Aqua Aura is a natural attractor for positive energy and promotes communications at all levels.  You might want to leave a small Aqua Aura by the site to add beauty and enhance the energy of the area.

TAKE A TRIP:  This is my favorite way to remember a loved one.  My Mom passed away several years ago and recently we remembered her by going to one of her favorite places.  It not only reminded me of the love and fun that we shared but also helped me to share the kind of person that she was with my son.  It was a positive, life-affirming activity that left me smiling at the end of the day.  I think that is how all of us really want to be remembered.  So go out and have some fun!  Go to the beach or the park or wherever you will have the best possible memories of the times that you shared with those that have passed.  Carnelian is a powerful stone for really feeling the life that is all around you.  It increases your personal power and physical energy while reminding you it’s great to be alive.  Amethyst will enhance your spirituality and help you to see the higher beauty and purpose in all things.

Wall of Faces ~ Vietnam Memorial

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Source: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall of Faces

Remember the Horse Cavalry This Memorial Day

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Reprint from Saratoga Stalls

Thank and pay respect to a horse and donkey as you remember our amazing fallen soldiers.

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance that echoes throughout the United States.  Families, friends and loved ones often gather in celebration of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  The last Monday in May, and the weekend beforehand, is a much needed break in our routine.  Some families take this moment to teach about our country’s history and past relatives who laid down their lives while others simply enjoy the long weekend off of work.  If you view Memorial Day as an opportunity to revisit the sacrifices that have made our country great, don’t forget about the amazing horse cavalry of the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I and World War II.

Though there are still small examples of horse regiments in modern day warfare…

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Horses We Can’t Forget on Memorial Day

After doing some research on military horses in WWI, and the HUGE number of animals killed in battle we would be remiss to not honor not only the horses, but the military K-9.
All gave some … Some gave all … Billy Ray Cyrus

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Jocelyn Pierce as published on Equitrekking.com

“Throughout the United States’s military history, the horse played an indispensable role. “

Memorial Day is a day of reflection and remembrance to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives while serving in the military. Perhaps the most largely unrecognized, and sometimes altogether forgotten veterans are the horses that served alongside man.

Since the domestication of the horse, humans and horses have shared a partnership that has been integral to the thriving of civilizations. Horses were essential in agriculture, transportation, and warfare, not to mention companionship in some of history’s darkest hours and in the face of humankind’s brutality.

Throughout the United States’s military history, the horse played an indispensable role. In wartime, the horse was used to transport cavalry troops, supplies, and artillery weapons as well as for charges, scouting, raiding, and communication. While serving man and country…

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