October 17, 18 Memorial for Iraq and Afghanistan War Dead in Westbury

World March for Peace and Nonviolence
Contact: Camillo Bica 631-987-3338

Note: the Arlington memorial has been cancelled for this week. Other events -indoors- will be held.

On Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2009, Veterans For Peace Long Island (VFPLI) will be holding an Arlington, New York memorial for the U.S. military killed in Iraq and Afghanistan from 10:00AM-5:00PM.

On Saturday October 17th from 7:00-10:00PM there will be a Celebration of Peace featuring the music of Left On Red and the VFP LI Band and spoken word artist Lori Perdue and poet Thomas Brinson.  Both events are to be held at the Westbury Friends House, 550 Post Ave., Westbury, NY.

Veterans For Peace Long Island is an organization of veterans from all eras and their supporters dedicated to educating the public about the realities and consequences of war and exploring non-violent alternatives for resolving international conflicts.

More information about the Long Island events can be found at www.tinyurl.com/marchfpn.

This is the first World March to circle the earth calling for the end of war and nuclear arms, and the elimination of violence of all kinds. The intention of the March is to:achieve the eradication of nuclear weapons; the progressive and proportional reduction of non-nuclear arms; the signing of non-aggression treaties among nations; and the renunciation of governments of war as a way to resolve conflicts. The March hopes to generate a worldwide social conscience that condemns all forms of violence (physical, psychological, racial, religious, economic, sexual), which is currently so widespread and accepted by societies everywhere. The website for the World March is www.theworldmarch.org

The World March will begin in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, declared the “International Day of Nonviolence” by the United Nations. It will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010. The March will last 90 days, three long months of travel. It will pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and the deserts, to the winter of Siberia. The American and Asian stages will be the longest, both almost a month. A permanent base of a hundred people of different nationalities will complete the journey.

The World March has been endorsed by hundreds of individuals and organizations across the globe including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Ornette Coleman, Pete Seeger, Cornel West, Isabel Allende, Evo Morales Ayma, Daniel Ellsberg, Green Party of Turkey, Red Cross (Argentina), Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, Cindy Sheehan, Veterans for Peace, Permanent Secretariat of Nobel Peace Laureates Summits and Mayors for Peace