Last information I got from Ellen Hopman, of White Oak said
the last word she had from the VA was they would now need
a deceased Druid, or his family, requesting the Awen before
anything more could be done.
--- In Pagan-Headstone-Campaign@yahoogroups.com
, "Charles P. Arnold"
> 1. What is happening with the joint application for the Awen made by
> the Druids?
Here was my article on the AWEN Quest in the Samhain issue of ACTION.
A Short History of the Awen Quest
By Christopher Blackwell
In 2004 Ellen Evert Hopman (Saille), Co-Chief Order of the Whiteoak
(Ord na Darach Gile), began the project to come up with a possible
symbol for use on VA headstones for Druid vets. A variety of possible
symbols were considered, including variations such as oak leaves ,
oak leaf clusters, oak leaves and acorns, and a torque and two versions
of the Awen symbol, one with just three lines and one with three lines
and three dots. Craig Melia, the current Co-Chief of Whiteoak, did the
The symbols were sent out to all the major Druid Orders in the U.S. for
a vote. After many months, the verdict came back for the simple
three-line Awen symbol. Once that was decided each of the heads of
the Orders sent letters of support for the symbol to petition of the VA
Among the Orders taking part were:
Ancient Order of Druids in America ( AODA) http://www.aoda.org/,
Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) http://www.adf.org/core/,
Henge of Keltria (HoK) http://www.keltria.org/,
Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA) http://www.geocities.com/mikerdna/,
The Order of Whiteoak - Ord na Darach Gile (OoWO). http://www.whiteoakdruids.org/
Ancient Order of Druids in America sent two letters. A short letter, on
Oct. 18, 2004, to the Veterans Administration asking for the Awen
with a brief description of their Order which goes back to 1912. They
sent a second, longer letter, on Dec. 4 2005, giving a more detailed
description of their Order.
Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship sent its first letter, on Nov.17,
2004, to the VA's National Cemetery Administration requesting the
Awen and giving a brief description of their Order. Their second letter
on April 10, 2006, repeated this information and request.
Henge of Keltria sent one letter on Oct. 2004 to the National
Cemetery Administration section of the VA briefly describing their
Order and requesting the Awen. On April 10, 2006, they sent a
second request for the Awen.
Reformed Druids of North America sent their first letter to VA on Jan.
21, 2005. Their second letter sent, on Nov. 28, 2005, was a five page
information letter requested of them by the VA for its evaluation of
The Order of Whiteoak sent a series of letters to the VA on Nov. 25.
2004, Dec. 27 2004, Feb. 2, 2005, Jun. 1, 2005, Nov. 28, 2005, and
Aug. 11, 2006.
Two of the letters back from the VA said they were still revising their
procedures and nothing could be done until the new procedures were
in place. This was the same excuse that had been given to Wiccans.
Finally on Nov. 5 2005, the VA said they had revised their procedure
and sent a booklet, but required that the Order resend all of their
Hopman said the last word she had from the VA was they would now
need a deceased Druid, or his family, requesting the Awen before
anything more could be done.
Hopman said she created a information packet for military Druids to
use so that they would have all the requested information available
for the VA when they needed a vet's headstone.
I wish to thank Skip Ellison for use of this information from his webpage,
The Druid's Awen Quest - A History of Actions.