Memorial Day has come and gone, with the usual parades and patriotic speeches that many of us find so uncomfortable. Over the weekend, the children at Worcester Friends Meeting had a retreat and considered a query about how Quakers observe Memorial Day. The adults also reflected on the query, bringing into the room the profound human cost of war and the ways war is glamorized by the holiday. For some of us it is a deeply personal experience - the hole in our hearts at the loss of a comrade or family member, the scars one carries from the time of military service, the scars
After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, the war is largely forgotten by most Americans. But for those directly affected by war—veterans and civilians who survived the conflict, family and friends who lost loved ones, and cultural critics who question the culture of violence—the cost makes it too great to forget.
October 7th will mark the 11th Anniversary of the start of the Afghan war. On October 6th the American Friends Service Committee with other area organizations will hold a memorial event including the display from 6pm to midnight of an art installation, Unfinished Portrait, an Iraq and Afghan war memorial by Priti Gulati Cox, a Salina, KS artist and reading and spoken word performances.
On July 6, 2011 a public forum on the psychological effects of war was held at Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting House. This forum was organized by the AFSC Iowa Peace Building Program as part of its effort to create awareness on the multiple and varied costs of war. The forum focused its evaluation on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The next film in the “Examining Modern Life” series, sponsored by the AFSC, concerns U.S. soldiers and the realities faced abroad, as well as once they returned home to American soil.
Film synopsis: “The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities.
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