115 Photos - May 26, 2015
Photo: Veterans For Peace poet laureate Doug Rawlings hands out the lettersPhoto: Photo: The Swords to Plowshares Bell Tower--this spot by the Lincoln Memorial was perfect; it attracted a lot of passersby, who came and rang the armistice bell.Photo: Photo: Photo: Mike Tork, Mike Hearington, and Bruce Berry, in from Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Minnesota respectively.Photo: At the WallPhoto: Photo: Ready to deliver the lettersPhoto: There were many objects already placed by the wall.Photo: Mike sets down one of our lettersPhoto: VFP President Barry Ladendorf takes a moment to reflectPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Tom PalumboPhoto: Roger, the creator of the Swords to Plowshares Bell TowerPhoto: Tarak KauffPhoto: Chuck from PennsylvaniaPhoto: Photo: This is a drawing that Bruce made of his friend, who was 20 years old, went out on patrol and never came back.Photo: Photo: Mike Marceau from DC VFP, with his t-shirt from the Vietnam chapter of VFP.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Who is that scoundrel hiding behind the flag?Photo: Oh! It's Doug, our poet laureate and organizer of this event.Photo: Photo: Ray McGovern, former CIA analystPhoto: Photo: Patrick McCann, former VFP president, leaves a letter he wrote to his brother, who didn't die from the war, but was a casualty nonetheless, drinking himself to death decades latger.Photo: Photo: Back at the Bell TowerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Bell Tower is constructed of hundreds of flattened beer cans, on which people are invited to write their own inscriptions.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Mike Tork attaches a plaque for his nephew.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Mike rings the bell after attaching his plaque.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A veteran who was passing by stops to ring the bell.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: "Iraq citizen that was killed in one of our raids, died in mky buddy's arms. An image I will never forget"Photo: The middle plaque reads: "Robert Parer: African heritage Marine KIA 9/17/65 w/ 2 others following my orders. Jim Driscoll"Photo: Roger's son Jason makes sure the new plaques are attached firmly.Photo: Photo: Photo: Patrick and his friend VeronicaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: VFP Exective Director Michael McPhearsonPhoto: Roger arranged for this wreath to be part of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation ceremony. During the whole time, not one mention was made of the Vietnamese casualties of the war. Only one speaker mentioned veteran suicides, which now total nearly 100,000, almost double the number killed in the war itself.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Doug and John Grant of the Philadelphia VFP chapter carry the wreath.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: People were taking the letters and reading them, as it requests on the envelopes.Photo: Photo: Kourtney MitchellPhoto: Post-event celebration at the fabulous Busboys and Poets Cafe; this time we went to the original on 14th and V.Photo: VFP membership coordinator Casey StinemetzPhoto: The whole disreputable gang.Photo: Toasting Roger for his vision in creating the Bell TowerPhoto: Toasting Doug for organizing such a moving event.Photo: Photo: Jason CardenasPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: