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Commemorations

It is my nature to join in love, not hate.
Sophocles’ Antigone, on why she chose to bury her brother in defiance of the orders of the king Creon

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

The anguish and pain of the loss of a loved one is the greatest sorrow we human beings must bear. Our cultures have created rituals of grieving to provide us with a measure of comfort at these moments: we come together in funerals, memorial services and other community gatherings to console the suffering. One of the most distressing aspects of the current Coronavirus pandemic is that we will be denied many of these rituals when we need them the most, as physical distancing will preclude them. This memorial page provides a place of virtual community, a gathering for those who are grieving the loved ones who were part of the family of the American Federation of Teachers.

A central component of the grieving ritual is the commemoration of those who have passed, so that we may keep with us the memories of the lives they shared and the good they did. As educators and school support personnel, as health care professionals and as state and local government workers, those commemorated on this page lived a life of public service. Much will be written and said of the famous and well-known who lose their lives in this pandemic. Those who have dedicated their lives to caring for others, especially the most vulnerable amongst us, deserve their own place of commemoration. Here we honor their lives.

To submit a Commemoration, go HERE.