“We’re all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. And whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. John Donne coined it years ago and placed it in graphic terms: “No man is an island entirely of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” And then he goes on toward the end to say: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I’m involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”~Martin Luther KIng, Jr.
Turns out it was a good decision to postpone the Field of Flags to June 1st. About 30 people came out on the very hot and sunny Saturday to set up the field. In the prior week, Tony Ferrara and Doug Cowan had mowed the field in preparation (twice!) — thank you so much! The new-this-year prayer-flag circle in the center of the field worked beautifully and will serve to invite passersby into the field to look, read, reflect. Appreciation goes to Carolyn Coe for the inspiration, Pat Wheeler for providing the workshop (and the Iraq War cloth for flags) and Ron King and Peter Robbins for engineering the ring of bamboo poles. And thanks to everyone who added their caring and love.
We also had a time to share our gratitude to Rufus Wanning and share our thoughts and stories about him, as we planted a beautiful flowering crab, which was donated in his memory by Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, and added other perennials to the field, which grows more lovely each year.
People came from Deer Isle, Bangor, Hancock, Orland and Ellsworth as well as Blue Hill peninsula towns, and Dan Lourie (who now lives in Montana) sent a red peony to be planted for Rufus.
The field is there to be visited. Please stop by. The purpose continues to be a visual reminder of the human cost of wars, which have become seemingly endless, and a place in which to remember lives lost.
” History is important. If you don’t know history it’s as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything and you have no way of checking up on it. ” — Howard Zinn
Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1515
Blue Hill ME 04614