Keeping the peace

On Sept. 22, in support of International Day of Peace ceremonies taking place throughout the world, North Country Democracy for America hosted a candlelight vigil for peace at Macdonough Monument in Plattsburgh.

International Day of Peace, designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 55/282 declares Sept. 21 of each year be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence.

An estimated 150 people participated in the candlelight vigil this past Saturday evening. Selected NCDFA members read off the names of 164 New York State soldiers who have lost their lives during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the U.S. occupation of Iraq began in March 2003, the total number of U.S. military deaths is 3,798.

Community participants showed their support to wage peace, not war and attended the event in remembrance of the sacrifice given by these soldiers, their families and friends.

Special thanks are given to the Rev. John Yonkovig of St. Peters Parish in Plattsburgh who graciously shared his thoughts on the pursuit of peace throughout the world. He also read the inspirational Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Eric Reeves and Brian Keiser provided music as a prelude to the vigil.

The biggest thanks is given to the 150 patriots who attended the peace vigil to honor and mourn our war fallen men and women.

Betty Ann King

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