Press Release for the Pentacle Dedication
- This PRESS RELEASE just came in from Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary.
Please circulate widely.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Historic Dedication Ceremony
First Wiccan Pentacle in Veterans Cemetery
Saturday, December 2, 2006
2 - 3 pm
Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
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.
Join us as we publicly dedicate Sgt. Patrick Stewartâ¢s plaque.
The Dedication will be a multicultural and interfaith service, with
thanksgivings and blessings in Wiccan, Christian, Jewish, and Native
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
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
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
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
* 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
* 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
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
Ok, so that's the legal stuff. I've also been instructed to tell
everyone that if you go online to:
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!