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Press Release for the Pentacle Dedication

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    This PRESS RELEASE just came in from Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary. Please circulate widely. BREAKING NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Historic Dedication Ceremony
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      This PRESS RELEASE just came in from Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary.
      Please circulate widely.

      BREAKING NEWS
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Historic Dedication Ceremony
      First Wiccan Pentacle in Veterans Cemetery

      Saturday, December 2, 2006
      2 - 3 pm
      Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
      Fernley, Nevada

      Meet us at the "Wall of Heroes" and be present for the dedication of the
      first government-issued veteran memorial plaque in the history of the
      United States to include the Wiccan emblem of belief, the Pentacle.

      This plaque with Pentacle is a one time gift from the State of Nevada and
      Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, in honor of fallen Wiccan War Hero, Sgt.
      Patrick Stewart.

      Join us as we publicly dedicate Sgt. Patrick Stewart™s plaque.

      The Dedication will be a multicultural and interfaith service, with
      thanksgivings and blessings in Wiccan, Christian, Jewish, and Native
      American traditions.

      Wiccan leaders, veterans, and others will be coming from across the United
      States to attend this historic event and to honor the life, service, and
      sacrifice of Sgt. Patrick Stewart, who was killed in action in
      Afghanistan,
      in September 2005.

      Speakers at the Dedication will give thanks for this important milestone
      and also call for the US Department of Veterans Affairs to authorize the
      use of the Pentacle on the veteran grave markers it issues so that
      deceased
      veterans can be properly honored throughout the United States.

      The Dedication will also include the public release of a statement by the
      mother of a Wiccan soldier killed in action in Iraq on May, 2006 and a
      statement by the widow of a deceased Korean War Veteran who was Wiccan.
      Both women and their families are among those continuing to wait for
      the VA
      to authorize the use of the Pentacle.

      The Dedication also will include the reading of a statement by Rev. Barry
      Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and
      State.

      Speakers include:
      * Roberta Stewart, widow of Sgt. Patrick Stewart
      * Rev. Selena Fox, Senior Minister of Circle Sanctuary
      * Rev. William Chrystal, Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Reno
      * Mato Witko, Comanche-Irish, Pipecarrier, Sundancer, Intertribal
      Sweatlodge Leader
      * Rev. Patrick McCollum, American Academy of Religion Chaplaincy Liaison
      * Jill Medicine Heart Combs, National Board Member, Covenant of Unitarian
      Universalist Pagans Continental and Pagan Pride Project International
      * Paula Johnson, Lady Liberty League Media Relations Coordinator and
      National Interfaith Representative for Covenant of the Goddess
      and others.

      Speakers will be available for interviews following the Dedication.

      For further information contact:
      Rev. Selena Fox, Senior Minister, Circle Sanctuary
      (608) 604-9313 (cell); (608) 924-2216 (messages)

      Paula Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator, Lady Liberty League
      954-471-1435


      Ok, so that's the legal stuff. I've also been instructed to tell
      everyone that if you go online to:
      www.circlesanctuary.org
      and you click on the banner/picture that shows the plaque with the
      pentacle on it, you can offer words of support via email! *smiles*

      Selena Fox is in town, and we're going to have someone interview her
      at the site of the event. We'll be including it in the January
      newsletter. Don't miss it!
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