Pagan Who’s who 5: Roberta Stewart “remember that all freedoms are worth fighting for”

The Pagan Who’s who series contains information about current and recent notaries which have contributed to, or influenced the modern pagan scene.  Some names you may know already, some you may not, but all these people are dedicated and hard-working in their own particular specialised fields.  For pagan, spiritual , occult or faith matters who from the last generation influences and inspires you?

Roberta Stewart is probably not a name you’ll know, but she was responsible for a decision which will have implications for generations to come.

Her husband was wiccan soldier Patrick Stewart and when he died, she campaigned to allow the pentacle, as a symbol of his belief, to be carved into his gravestone.  The eventual allowance for her husband, and her campaining to ensure that all pagan soldiers were able to put a marker of their faith onto their headstones, is something which the US government’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs acceded to in 2007.  The VA has now added the pentacle to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on VA-issued headstones, markers, and plaques.

There are several articles detailling this legal struggle for acknowledgement from 2006-07, my favourite is HERE

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