War letters commemorate Veterans Day
Chapter 39 Veterans For Peace (VFP) will sponsor its fifth annual public reading, by chapter members, of wartime letters and statements of military personnel and public figures. The readings are intended to evoke the reality of wars in which the United States has been engaged, dating from the Revolutionary War to current conflict in Afghanistan.
Held for the first time on both the east and west sides of Cleveland, the programs are Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River; and Sunday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m., at Plymouth Church, UCC, 2860 Coventry Road, Shaker Heights. The programs are free and open to the public, with ample parking at both sites.
"This poignant program, revealing the experiences of men and women who have actually been in war, is a perfect way to observe Veterans Day," said Chapter 39 president, Mary Reynolds Powell, who served as an Army nurse in Vietnam. She believes that hearing these stories will honor the men and women who served, and that listeners will learn much from their experiences.
The United States has been involved in two wars during the past decade, and Powell pointed out that the repeated deployments, along with the military and civilian casualties, and the challenges returning veterans face, have taken their toll on American society. VFP works to change this.
Chapter 39 is the Northeast Ohio affiliate of the national Veterans For Peace, a 501(c )(3) educational organization consists of veterans of the U.S. military, from all service organizations. Nonveterans who support the work of VFP may become associate members. For more information, go to www.veteransforpeace.org.
Bob Bemer is a member of Veterans for Peace.