Veteran Pentacle Quest

pentacleIt took nearly a decade and the combined efforts of many, including Americans United for Separation of Church and State, but in 2007 the Pentacle, symbol of the Wiccan religion, was added to the US Department of Veterans Affairs list of emblems of belief that can be included on government-issued markers, headstones, and plaques honoring deceased veterans.

There are now more than 200 VA-issued memorial markers with Pentacles at public & private cemeteries across the nation, including 9 at Circle Cemetery, national Pagan cemetery at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve.

10th Anniversary Celebration on 4/23/2017

4/18/2017 Special podcast featuring Selena Fox, Roberta Stewart, Karen DePolito and others (172MB .mp3)

CIRCLE Magazine articles:
Fall 2007 - Success in the Veteran Pentacle Quest!
Winter 2007 - Veteran Pentacle Quest Success Update

Statements From Americans United for Separation of Church & State:

Veterans Affairs Department Must Accommodate Wiccan Symbol on Memorial Markers
Press Release, June 8, 2006

Americans United Presses VA for Right of Wiccans to Use Pentacle Symbol at Military Memorials
Press Release, August 3, 2006

Pentacle Quest
Church & State, December 2006

Bush Administration Agrees to Approve Wiccan Pentacle for Veteran Memorials
Press Release, April 23, 2007

Pentacle Quest Success
Church & State, June 2007

Sampling of Other News Reports

Wiccans dedicate grave at Arlington
Stars & Stripes, July 5, 2007

Wiccans win right to put emblem on Veterans' Graves
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 26, 2007

Wiccan War Widows Win Their Sacred Burial Markers
Womens Enews, April 29, 2007

Wiccan Pentacle is OKd for Vet's Graves
Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2007

Feds Okay Pentagrams for Veterans' Graves
New York Sun, April 24, 2007

VA Allows Wiccan Symbol on Headstones
Military.com, April 24, 2007

Wiccans get grave marker symbol
Army Times, April 23, 2007

Wiccan Pentacle Added to Emblems Allowed on Headstones
Fox News, April 23, 2007

Widows Sue to Get Wiccan symbols on Veterans' Headstones
USA Today, November 14, 2006

Use of Wiccan Symbol on Veterans' Headstones Is Approved
New York Times, April 23, 2007

 

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Sgt. Patrick Stewart
Circle Cemetery
Jerome Birnbaum
Circle Cemetery
A. Douglas Wilkey
Circle Cemetery
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Abe Kooiman
Arlington Nat'l Cemetery
Jan O'Rourke
Arlington Nat'l Cemetery
John P. Graff
Arlington Nat'l Cemetery
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Harold and Betty Hecht
Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside, California
Stephen Paul Snowberger III
North Carolina
Jason A. Schumann
Fort Snelling, MN
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Thomas E. Hufford (Balu)
Arlington Nat'l Cemetery
Pedro Gonzalez
Fort Indiantown Gap National Military Cemetary
 

Summary Reports by Rev. Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary

 

Background on the Pentacle Quest

Settlement Agreement (.pdf)
     Read the legal agreement ending the lawsuit and placing the Pentacle on the list

About Sgt. Patrick Stewart and His Plaque
     Meet Sgt. Patrick Stewart and his widow, Roberta