The public is invited to gather at 4:30 p.m. on September 11, 2011, at Binns Park in downtown Lancaster to reflect on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Binns Park is in the 100 block of N. Queen Street.
Interspersed with music by local artists, “War is Not the Answer – 9/11 Revisited” will feature two speakers: Celeste Zappala of Philadelphia, mother of Sherman Baker who was killed in Iraq while serving in the National Guard; and Michael Berg of Virginia, whose son, a telecommunication contractor, was beheaded in Iraq by insurgents soon after the horrible destruction of Fallujah by the U.S.
This is an opportunity to not only reflect on how our lives and society have been affected by the terrible events of 9/11 and our tragic response as a nation, but also to envision and pray for hopeful, peaceful tomorrows. Rather than unrelenting warfare, a return to traditional American values of the rule of law, accountability, the pursuit of peace, and the protection of civil liberties will be affirmed.
Please bring lawn chairs for seating. Metered parking is free in downtown Lancaster on Sundays but there is a charge for parking in the city’s garages that day.
All are welcome to this special gathering planned by members of Lancaster area historic peace churches and sponsored by Every Church A Peace Church. A free-will offering will be taken to offset the expenses of this event. Your contribution may be tax-deductible. Checks can be made out to “Every Church A Peace Church.”
For more information contact Berry Friesen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-471-9691.