While it seems that barbecues, picnics and traffic are what Memorial Day has become, it is a opportunity for grieving. Jizo Bodhisattva is known for his compassion and wish for all suffering to end. In Japan, when a family grieves the loss of a child, often a Jizo statue is placed in the backyard wearing a piece of the child’s clothing; a bib, a cap.
Let us remember those who have served in our country’s wars, whether we agree with them politically or not. Let us respect the dead and those who miss them.
As you take in a deep breath, and then another, please imagine Jizo holding your loved ones safely, holding you safely.
Warmest wishes this holiday weekend.