Commemorate or Celebrate?

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A plaque commemorates historical New Zealand events of the mid-19th century that were either righteous protest or causing insurrection, depending on your viewpoint.

A Maori leader, Hone Heke, and his followers ,repeatedly chopped down flagpoles flying the British flag.

And so the story is preserved.

But not celebrated necessarily – ill-feeling can still be stirred up by the story.

I recently had the privilege to draw up a will for a woman who adamantly wanted her funeral to be “a happy party.” That got written in, as she wished.

Which made me wonder, when it is our own turn to go ,will be our lives be celebrated or merely commemorated?