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Memorial Day March May 25th



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Memorial Day 2016

 A Time to Remember


Memorial Day is a sacred day dedicated by our nation to mourn the loss of American soldiers killed in wars.


Over the course of the last several years, the military has used Memorial Day weekend at Jones Beach as an opportunity to display air power and weaponry, and to promote recruitment of our young men and women.


At the same time,  peace activists from Long Island have gathered at  Jones Beach for a Peace March and  Vigil , to grieve for those who have lost their lives in wars, and to  reject  weapons of war, preparations for war,   recruitment for war, and the glorification of war.


Although some of the military element will be absent this year, due to the sequestration, our resolve to protect the true meaning of Memorial Day continues and in that spirit we invite you to join with us for the Eighth Annual Memorial Day Peace Vigil on May 25.


We commit ourselves to nonviolence and to the safe return of all soldiers. We reflect upon the tragic consequences of wars particularly those who continue to suffer in body and spirit and their loved ones who suffer alongside them. We promise to support the care and compassion that they deserve.


 Come to honor the fallen and the wounded.

Come to call for an end to wars that cause this pain and grief.


There is much to be done. Please email PaxChristi.Long if you can participate in any of these actions:

  • Distribute flyers to the beach-goers.  5000 flyers will be available
  • Read the names of Long Islanders killed in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Hold the photographs of Long Islanders killed in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Prepare the display of over 4000 Memorial ribbons
  • Set up 
  • Clean up / noon


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 "War destroys. And we must cry out for peace.
Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
Peace is the language we must speak."
Pope Francis



                                            ~Pope FRANCIS