Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day for Peace: May 28

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Please join Veterans For Peace, Smedley Butler Brigade, Chapter 9 and Samantha Smith, Chapter 45, Military Families Speak Out, Mass Peace Action, United for Justice with Peace as we commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2012, 1-3 p.m.  Facebook event page here.

Location: Christopher Columbus Park, 105 Atlantic Ave., Boston, Massachusetts
(near the Long Wharf Marriott on the waterfront - Aquarium stop on the MBTA Blue Line and a short walk from Haymarket on the Orange Line).

There will be no parade, no marching band, no military equipment, no guns and drums, no Air Force fly-overs.

There will be veterans and supporters who have lost friends and loved ones. Veterans who know the horrors of war and the pain and anguish of loss. There will be friends and families of soldiers, remembering their loved ones. There will be Iraqi Refugees who have suffered terrible losses and will join with us as we remember and show respect for their loss.

There will be flowers dropped into the harbor for each fallen U.S. soldier from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Flowers will also be also be dropped into the harbor remembering the loss of Iraqi family and friends.

Memorial Day for Peace
May 28, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Park, 105 Atlantic Ave., Boston, Massachusetts

Brian Quirk, Scottish Bag Pipes
Merrimack Valley People for Peace

Rev. Lara Hoke, Opening
Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover
Secretary VFP, Smedley D. Butler Brigade

Pat Scanlon, Welcome
Coordinator, VFP, Smedley D. Butler Brigade

Lee VanderLann, In memory of our friend Capt. Paul Brailsford
Executive Committee VFP, Smedley D. Butler Brigade
VFP Samantha Smith Chapter

Bradford Adams, A short rememberance of my friend Zalmai
VFP, Smedley D. Butler Brigade
Afghanistan Veteran (2002-2003)

Kevin Lucey, Return to Hell
Parent of Cpl. Jeffrey Lucey USMC

Si Kahn, Song – Hunter –(Music from CD)

Bob Funke, What Memorial Day Means to Me
Smedley D. Butler Brigade

Bonnie Gorman, Suicide: The hidden wounds of war
Military Families Speak Out,
Gold Star Families Vietnam
VFP Smedley D. Butler Brigade

Nancy Wrenn, Are we finished with war yet?
Mass Peace Action

Webb Nichols, Poet
Smedley D. Butler Brigade

Ahmad & Leyla AlZubaydi
Babylon Restaurant, Lowell
Iraqi Refugees

Farouq Ali
Arab Spring and Hypocrisy of the West
Iraqi Refugee

Brian Quirk, Scottish Bag Pipes

Flower Ceremony

Rev. Ralph Galen, Closing
Community Church of Lawrence

Jesse Perrier, Taps
Executive Committee Smedley D. Butler Brigade