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Peace group to hold vigil Sunday
Royal Oak Mirror
BY MARTHA WOOD
The Huntington Woods Peace, Citizenship and Education Project will host a peace vigil on Sunday, Sept. 11.
The vigil, entitled "11 Mothers on 11 Mile Road," coincides with the "Bring Them Home Now Tour, a three-bus tour that left Camp Casey with Cindy Sheehan on Aug. 31 and will be in the Detroit area Sept. 10-11.
The "Bring Them Home Now Tour" is a group of veterans and military family members who are against the war in Iraq.
Members will speak at events across the nation and end up at an anti-war protest in Washington D.C. on Sept. 24.
The local vigil was initiated by Huntington Woods resident Janice Fialka, who said she was inspired by Cindy Sheehan's actions and wished to help the Camp Casey group spread the idea of peace.
"The whole idea of mothers coming together on Sept. 11 to remember those lost and to remember George Bush's solution to start a war has not resulted in peace," she said, recalling how she formed the idea. She said she was also inspired by how mothers and women in general have historically held peace vigils across the world in turbulent times.
Fialka said that naturally the date of the vigil has significance.
"We want to make the connection that 9_11 is not a day to celebrate going to war but a day to declare peace," she said.
The vigil will have two timespots when "Bring Them Home Now Tour" members will speak, at 1:11 p.m. and 2:11 p.m.
There will be reading, singing and poetry at 11 minutes before and after each hour, during the vigil which will last from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The vigil will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church at 11 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak.