FIELD OF FLAGS May 25th Blue Hill, film May 24th All Quiet on the Western Front

On Friday May 24th, the film All Quiet on the Western Front will be shown at Blue Hill Library at 7 p.m. This well-known classic, a realistic and harrowing account of warfare, is selected in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

On Saturday May 25th, Peninsula Peace & Justice invites the community to participate in the Iraq War Dead Memorial Field. This memorial was first established in 2005 as a witness to the human costs of war and to remember the lives lost in the Iraq War, both U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. In recent years the memorial has grown to include U.S. military fatalities in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The field is planted with white flags, in symbolic representation of more than 6,700 U.S. soldiers killed.

 The event will take place at the Field of Flags on Main Street, on property owned by Rufus Wanning, between the Blue Hill Library and the Blue Hill Congregational Church. Everyone is invited to participate in part or all of this activity, between 10 a.m. and noon. (A rain date will be Sunday May 26.) For more information, contact 326-4405.

Peninsula Peace & Justice is sad to announce the recent passing of our dear friend, Rufus Wanning. It has been our hope that Rufus would be with us this month at the field, as he has for so many years. For those who are familiar with the Iraq War Dead Memorial, it was made possible by Rufus’ generous offer to host the project on property that he owns: The Field of Flags, as it has come to be known. Since 2005, Peninsula Peace & Justice has set up the field each year and Rufus has always been part of the building and maintenance of the field.

Everyone is invited to bring a flower or a flowering branch for a memorial to Rufus on that day. 

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