Archive for the 'Memorials' Category
Recently I posted about a site in Second Life in which you can make a memorial for your inworld loved ones and friends who have passed on in RL, in this post Remembering Our Friends Memorial in Second Life. Linden Lab has decided to make April 17th Remembrance Day for everyone who has lost a loved one or friend and has dedicated two sims to it.
Second Life Day of Remembrance, April 17th, 6 am to 11 pm SLT Big Easy
Resident Katt Kongo recently lost a dear friend, SL resident Ginny Talamasca. In response, Katt conceived of a new community event that would commemorate the life, spirit, and creativity of all the residents who have left us. April 17, Ginny’s birthday, marks the beginning of the yearly ‘Day of Remembrance’ in Second Life.
The event is organized around the New Orleans tradition of the Jazz Funeral and the Second Line. Rather than a sad, solemn affair, a New Orleans funeral celebrates life with music and parading. Our parade will depart from historic Jackson Square and crash joyously through the Big Easy region four times–so that Residents in all time zones can participate. Source: [updated] Second Life Day of Remembrance is April 17
They are making this a resident created event, meaning if you are a builder and can do something cool then volunteer and make it happen, or if you are a musician or a DJ, you can perform on the main stage. Sounds like this could be a great event and a way to remember everyone who has been lost from our virtual world.
For even more info, visit the official web page here.
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My good friend Stevie Basevi recently lost her SL husband, Andre Willenov, and in her mourning she has found this great place you can go to and remember your loved ones who have passed on in rl. The Remembering Our Friends Memorial is that place, located in the Cassandra region, it is maintained by Mike Burleigh on donations and his own funds, he has built everything and he even makes the plaque for your loved one, like these here.
Here is the one he made for Andre. You can see how much stuff Stevie and her friends could leave in remembrance, this really is a nice place, especially considering it operates only on donations and money out of his pocket.
Their motto is simple, “To always honor and remember our fallen friends in sl. To obtain land and create a permanent memorial to all that have passed on from our sl family.”
They have areas for contemplation and some nice gardens.
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Here is a pretty good video called Veterans Day 2007 in Second Life, it goes into a little detail about how the Wall in SL happened, who built it, and even delves into how some SL groups are trying to help veterans back into society and deal with some of the stuff they’ve had to go through.
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An Insurmountable Wall by Aribella Lafleur
Occasionally, in my nonchalant passage throughout the metaverse, I feel a need for a reflective hiatus, to contemplate the significant matters of subsistence. In that vein, I felt compelled to visit “the Wall”, a thought-provoking and inspirational virtual replica of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall.
The entry portal, an unblemished, pearlescent-paned dome, greeted our arrival with its bright aspect. Our eyes were drawn to the serene autumn vista beyond, and to a screen playing excerpts from the real-life counterpart to this subdued site.
A hushed silence descended over our number, as if we had been relocated to a time and place beyond our understanding. The dying leaves, dropping gently from the trees encircling us, took my heart with them on their graceful flight. No joyous laughter filled the air, yet the powerful and majestic sentiment pervading this location was palpable.
My habitually rowdy crew were uncharacteristically stilled by a respectful awe as they gazed upon a shining memorial to the men who rose to the challenge set by their country. The Three Servicemen statue stood proudly, as if safeguarding the location marking their lost and fallen comrades.
As I looked up, I wondered at the courage of these men, many still in their teens, thrust into the totally alien landscape of Vietnam, witnessing unimaginable horrors without respite. I was struck by the impression that, though not my land and not my war, simply by being here I was engulfed in a history that was far larger than my small existence.
Like an oyster covering a speck of grit, modern society strives to hide death, camouflaging it with the mundane. Shielded by the closed coffin, as if we have disguised the inevitable, we forget that life is a gift, and sometimes hard-won by the sacrifice of others. This “pearl”, now mirrored in two worlds, yields the beauty of remembrance grown around, and become a part of, the history that bore so much pain of loss and sacrifice. Gazing upon the extensive expanse of polished black granite, inscribed with the names of men and women whose service helped keep this dream of freedom alive, I could almost glimpse the faces peering out from the smooth, cold surface.
We set off in search of the name of one of my team’s relatives who had fallen in combat. Using a directory terminal we easily located the correct wall panel (after a false start with the incorrect name), and all joined in the quest with surprising enthusiasm.
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I have been hanging around The Wall, the representation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Second Life, the past couple days and the reactions from people are far and wide. If one theme runs through them all, it is that it is definitely an experience that everyone should check out at least once, and especially, if you haven’t been to the real one. Visit it here.
People have been telling us how much it touched them and admitting to crying, feeling like they were there again, missing friends and loved ones, and watching people see how easy it is to find whoever they are looking for is a joy. This truly is an experience that everyone can appreciate and enjoy. Read some of the comments I collected below, and see the pictures I took in the original post about The Wall.
Doon: This is quite an experience
Doon: I just added to my Picks so others might know it’s here
Doon: The falling leaves and the reading of the names are a part of the whole feeling
Doon: Thanks so much. I’ll be inviting my friends now. I love Second Life because as in your beautiful work, the human and technological can interweave in surprising and moving ways.
AM Radio: incredible build here
AM Radio: the statues by Meleni Fairymeadow are compelling.
AM Radio: this is one of the best representations of a memorial I have seen in SL.
AM Radio: well done.
AM Radio: anyways, it takes a heck of a lot to impress me in SL. this place is incredible.
Hawc Decosta: Thank you setting up this wonderful memorial site.
Hawc Decosta: Thank you very much, and we will be passing out the LM for The Wall at our event.
Hawc Decosta: Stone, at our Salute to the Troops we want to honor all soldiers from all wars, and hope to see many nations represented.
Hawc Decosta: I was very impressed, I’ve never had a chance to see The Wall in Washington, but I’ve seen documentaries on it and the spirit and essence has been captured, as well as a real picture.
I will collect more comments and add them later.
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From a Notecard, and hand in hand with the The Wall sim recreating the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall.
Salute to the Troops Day, Saturday, Nov 17
To All Military Personnel in Second Life:
The town of Steelhead will be hosting a Salute to the Troops Day on Saturday, November 17.
This event will include parades, military reviews, military history presentations, remembrance ceremonies, and a military ball.
The schedule of events is below.
We are looking for infantry units and personnel and any other military personnel to participate in the traditional marching parade and review early in the afternoon.
We are also looking for cavalry, dragoons, hussars, and other mounted personnel to participate in a parade of equestrian units and review, later that afternoon.
In addition, we plan to host small military displays or campsites from all eras at various sites in the sim. Single soldiers or small groups of unit representatives will be welcome to showcase their affiliations all or part of the day.
To become part of this event, complete the separate Salute to the Troops Registration Form Notecard and drop it in Hawc Decosta’s inventory by Saturday, November 10, 2007.
Participation reservations and parade marching order will be handled on a first come, first served basis.
For questions, IM Hawc Decosta or Dominic Ruffo.
Hawc Decosta, Steelhead Citizen
U.S. Cavalry Trooper, Dodge City
Dominic Ruffo, Steelhead Citizen
Old Glory Sutlery
Salute to the Troops Day
Saturday, Nov 17
Veterans Appreciation Event
Honoring Gettysburg, WWI Armistice Day, and All Soldiers From All Eras!
10:30AM - 6:30PM - Representative small military displays/campsites (various sites in the sim)
11AM - Armistice Day/Veterans Day Ceremony - Presentation.
1PM - Gettysburg Address Remembrance Day Ceremony - Presentation.
3PM - Infantry Parade and Review.
4:30PM - Cavalry Parade and Review.
6PM - Horse race around Steelhead Sim.
7PM - Military Ball.
Registration Form For Military Participation:
Military Unit Name:_____________________________________________
Unit Point of Contact:____________________________________________
Type of Participation:
Small Military Display / Campsite [ ]
10:30AM – 6:30PM SLT(Some or all or the day.)
- Planned Number of Personnel:______
- Number prims for display/campsite: _______
Infantry / Traditional Marching Parade/Review [ ]
- Planned Number of Participants:_____
Cavalry Parade/Review [ ] Planned Number of Riders: _________________
Horse Race [ ] Planned Number of Riders: _________________________
To become part of this event, complete this Salute to the Troops Registration Form Notecard and drop it in Hawc Decosta’s inventory by Saturday, November 10, 2007.
For questions, IM Hawc Decosta.
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They have been done before, I am told, but this is the first one I have visited in Second Life, and it appears to be a lot like the Vietnam memorials I have seen, but the 9/11 Memorial is one you should visit, check out and drop a few lindens on. This sim lists everyone who was,
CONFIRMED DEAD. Includes those who have been confirmed dead by a coroner’s office or the Defense Department. It also includes those for whom death certificates have been issued, even if no body has been recovered.
REPORTED DEAD. Includes those whose deaths have been reported by family, employers, mortuaries, places of worship or by the airlines that listed them as aboard one of the four flights. Includes people for whom memorial services have been held, even if their bodies have not been recovered or positively identified. (Those identified by federal authorities as the hijackers are not included in the database.)
REPORTED MISSING. People identified by family, official agencies or employers as missing. Source: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 VICTIMS
There are pictures on the sim of everyone they had available, many are shown, and many are not. Included are victims for whom AP has confirmed the death with named local or federal government officials, the person’s family, and a named spokesman for the person’s employer or a named funeral home official. In the case of confirmation by family members, victims are included when the family member is definitive that the person is dead or that the family considers the person dead.
That sounds kind of harsh doesn’t it, but I don’t know of a better way to explain it than the way it is listed on their website. The website, http://www.september11victims.com/ has everyone listed who has a picture and their are many, many comments from family, friends and sympathizers, it is truly a moving experience itself. When combined with the sim, and the constant drizzle of rain, and water running down the walls, much like tears, it is hard not to remember and feel the same way you did when it happened. It is a day I will never forget, as I watched it happen on live TV at home. I hope everyone who died is with God and the ones responsible, well, they can all go to hell.
They are having an event to commemorate 911 and everyone that perished there.
At the World Trade Center sim, there will be a memorial time from 5:46 till 10:28 am Linden time. It corresponds to the RL time events from when the towers started collapsing…until they collapsed.
For all those interested, please join us at the World Trade Center sim.
More pictures after the break.
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