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Memorial Day for Peace

When: Monday, May 31, 2010, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Christopher Columbus Park • Atlantic Ave. & Richmond St. • near the Aquarium • Boston

Veterans for Peace2009 Memorial Day for PeacePlease join Veterans For Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee for a ceremony for peace on Memorial Day.

Speakers to include:

  • Memorial to Howard Zinn, proud member of Veterans for Peace
  • Joseph Gerson – American Friends Service Committee, Director of Programs
  • Severyn Bruyn – World War II, Army Veteran (1945 – 1947)
  • Bill Ashton, VFP, Smedley Butler Brigade, Navy Corpsman (1981-1986)

  • Nancy Lessin and Charlie Richardson – Military Families Speak Out
  • Ross Caputi – Marine veteran of the Iraq War (2003 – 2006), President of Boston University Anti-War Coalition
  • Kevin & Joyce Lucey, parents of Corporal Jeffery Lucey, U.S.M.C.
  • Melida & Carlos Arrendondo, Gold Star Families for Peace, parents of Marine Lance Corporal Alex Arrendondo U.S.M.C.
  • Farouk Al-Saad – Iraqi Refugee

The Memorial Day for Peace will include Eyes Wide Open which consists of pairs of boots laid out on the lawn for each U.S. soldier from Massachusetts who has died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

We will recite the names of those fallen who passed away in support of what we believe to be illegal and illicit wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Names of some Iraq and Afghanistan civilians killed in the conflicts will also be read. We mourn deeply all those who should not have lost their lives in war, sadly, perpetrated by misguided leaders, leading a misinformed public and an over-extended military into two immoral wars we greatly oppose.

“War is a Racket”! –Smedley D. Butler , MajGen

Map to Christopher Columbus Park
Directions from Aquarium T stop: 
Follow the signs in the station for Waterfront and Aquarium. As you exit the T station, turn right on Atlantic Ave. and turn right again after passing the Long Wharf Marriott. Enter the park, pass Tia’s restaurant, and the gathering will be at the harbor near Long Wharf. 
Please print and distribute the attached flyer.


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