Within the Northern Tradition there is a deep respect to those who serve in the military. While Veteran’s Day is intended to first and foremost honor those living Veterans from past military service, it is also used to honor those currently serving, and to a lesser degree those soldiers whom have passed away and entered the halls of the dead.
Some Heathens will be observing rituals to honor the Einherjar: the battle-slain warriors who are taken to Valhalla. Of course, not all of the battle-slain go to Valhalla some also go to the Goddess Freya’s Hall.
For these Heathens, they focus on honoring the war-dead, especially their ancestors who served at this time. Other Heathens will honor the Einherjar at Memorial Day instead, since technically Memorial Day is the day meant to be set aside to specifically honor the war dead. Others may opt to do it at other times too, such as to coincide with major military moments in history (battles, the start and/or end of a war, etc). Others will honor those they have a personal connection with in timing that is meaningful for them. I know of a few who opt to honor American military dead on July 4.
On this Veteran’s Day I myself would personally like to thank those who have served in war-time, peace-time, or who are currently active in the service. As part of my expression of thanks, I have designed, and printed bookmarks of Sigdrifa’s Prayer. I have made these available for free (yes, I’ll cover shipping costs as well) to any veteran or currently serving pagan or polytheist in the U.S. military while supplies last.
For those unfamiliar with it, Sigdrifa’s Prayer is a rare remnant in our lore, as it’s the only non-Christianized, complete prayer that we have from the historical sources. In it’s short simplicity, the prayer found in the Sigdrifumal is a microcosm of the vast macrocosm of Northern Tradition cosmology. It holds a very special place in my heart.
HAIL TO THE DAY
HAIL HIS SONS
HAIL NIGHT AND HER DAUGHTER!
GAZE ON US
WITH LOVING EYES
AND BRING US VICTORY.
HAIL TO THE GODS
AND THE GODDESSES
HAIL, THE GENEROUS EARTH!
GRANT US WISDOM
AND ELOQUENT SPEECH
AND HEALING ALL OUR LIVES.
To learn how to request your free Sigdrifa’s Prayer bookmark please go here.
To all our Veterans – thank you for your service.