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Take action for peace on Memorial Day

I believe one of the most important actions citizens of the United States can take on Memorial Day is to promote peace in the world.

How can you work for peace today?

Veterans For Peace is offering peace activities in 18 cities including Boston, New York, Miami, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Portland, Ore.

The Boston event, also sponsored by Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families for Peace, and Military Families Speak Out, begins at noon EST. It’s a ceremony for peace on Memorial Day to remember and mourn those who died, but to also call for the end to wars.

In Portland, Veterans For Peace Chapter 72’s annual event "From War to Peace" begins at noon with a short ceremony at the Memorial Coliseum in the Courtyard of the Korean War memorial. The group will then march to the Peace Memorial Park where Benji Lewis, a two-tour Marine veteran/war resister, and Cindy Sheehan, peace mom, will speak.

Other communities where Veterans For Peace are offering rallies include Pueblo, Colo., Gainesville, Fla., North Texas, Manchester, N.H., San Francisco, Bethlehem, Pa., Traverse City, Minn., St. Louis, Mo., Binghamton, N.Y., Albany, N.Y., and Houston.

Check your local newspaper and the Internet for information on peace rallies in your community.

Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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