As a seemingly inclusive nod toward the practice of religious and spiritual practices, the Awen symbol that often depicts Druidry, is now an approved image for Government-furnished headstones or markers per the Veteran’s Administration (VA). First reported via Circle Sanctuary’s Lady Liberty League, this information is now on the official U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs website.
While this is now #65 of the symbols that have been approved, it is even more than that — it is an official United States acknowledgement that Druidry is a real practice. While those of us who are members of The Druid Network or the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA) or even the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA) may not be surprised given how our members seemingly increase as the threats to the stability of the environment are pushed to the breaking point, it is satisfying to be in a country where religious expression is free and protected and even officially approved for public cemeteries.
I wonder how many Druids who are not associated with the military will use this action as an encouragement to do the same when our time comes?