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"In Loving Memory of..." How do your feel about rolling tributes?

Asked by SuperMouse (30842points) June 10th, 2009

It seems that more and more I am seeing window decals on cars that read “In Loving Memory of (So and So)” along with the years the person lived. It is kind of like a headstone on the rear window. I have also seen many tattoos with the same message. How do you feel about these types of tributes?

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Likeradar's avatar

The message behind them is harmless, even nice. They lost a loved one and want to be reminded (and remind everyone else in the world too, apparently) of the person. Not something I would do, but it doesn’t bug me.

I wonder if it’s a cultural thing? The majority of the “rolling tributes” I see are on cars being driven by people who look Hispanic or Latino.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

On cars: I like them better than the Calvin peeing on stuff decals or the mass groupings of colored ribbon “cause” decals

On skin: I like them better than the Calvin peeing on stuff images or Von Dutch-y pinstripe images replacing tribal.

Phobia's avatar

I don’t see anything wrong with it. I guess its just their way of showing respect and remembrance to someone they have lost. But then again, how is everyone else supposed to know who these people are?

critter1982's avatar

Not for me, but if it makes them feel better, then go for it.

drClaw's avatar

Everyone morns in their own way.

Jeruba's avatar

On a car? I have never heard of this. Is it a regional thing?

The phrase “In loving memory of…” says that the thing it is on (the plaque, the headstone, or whatever) is placed there in the person’s memory. Is the car itself meant to be the memorial? That seems so strange to me. How can a car or an arm exist for the purpose of serving as someone’s memorial?

cwilbur's avatar

I think it’s very tacky.

avalmez's avatar

i agree that it’s tacky. i see it a lot of that in my area, but i’ve been told the practice originated here. i don’t really get it…but, to each h/is/er own

Jeruba's avatar

@avalmez, where’s “here”? Where are you?

avalmez's avatar

far north suburbs of chicago

cwilbur's avatar

@Likeradar: because it reduces someone they loved to a decal on a car.

drClaw's avatar

@cwilbur the same could be said about a rock on the ground.

cwilbur's avatar

@drClaw: but the rock on the ground isn’t next to another rock that says “I brake for yard sales” and a third rock that says “My kid can beat up your honor student.”

drClaw's avatar

@cwilbur lol! I guess not.

Skippy's avatar

I see it alot also in the greater Cincinnati area. I am amazed at the types of cars they appear on. Not to a specific “group” of people, just older, junkier type of cars.

Never have I seen one on a Cadi or a King Ranch, but someday, maybe. I have a neighbor who’s car is adorned with several. Very tacky looking…...

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