Veterans for Peace to host picnic lunch May 18

RIPTON — Join veterans and non-veterans for a Peace Picnic and Conversations beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Spirit In Nature in Ripton. The Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace, Chapter 57, invites the public to bring family and a picnic lunch, enjoy walking the paths, and learn about Veterans For Peace and their activities from Chapter members while sharing ideas about how peace can best be fostered.
Spirit In Nature offers a space for ceremony, nature study, insights into religious faiths, and pathways for quiet walking and exploration and is open all hours. The Spirit In Nature parking lot is about a mile west of the Robert Frost Interpretive Path and a mile east of the Ripton Country Store, four tenths of a mile south on the Goshen Road. Look for the signs on Route 125.
Chapter 57 members who have experienced war illustrate why we peace is their objective. One says “I grew up when going to war was a manly and heroic thing to do, and was simply expected. At some point during my duty I began to contemplate the horror of it all. I remember the line from the novel “All Quiet on the Western Front” — ‘We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts.’”
Another chapter member said, “Whether you are a Veteran or not, come picnic with us. Find out what we’re doing here at home in Vermont, at the Mexican border, abroad in Iraq, Korea, Vietnam, and more. See how you can join in this important work to build a culture of peace, expose the true costs of war, and heal the wounds of war. We work in solidarity with those working to end militarism, to fight racism, and to cope with climate change; remember, the biggest greenhouse gas (polluter) emitter is the US military.”
From 10 to 11 a.m. the group will conduct their monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend the meeting and have conversations afterwards with Chapter members about how best to foster peace in the world.
Noon is picnic time. Attendees should bring their own picnic lunch. Some food and drinks will be provided, such as cheese, apples and apple cider. Temporary bathroom facilities will be available. In case of inclement weather the event will be held at an alternate, nearby, indoor location.
For more information about the event and Chapter 57, visit wmgmvfp.wixsite.com/Vermont or contact Richard Czaplinski, Chapter 57 president, at [email protected] or 802-496-3300 or Reg Spooner at [email protected] or 802-349-8146.

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