wanted you to see this email i received today
in response to the article in the palatka paper on saturday. he asked
that i not include his address when i share the email.
it brought tears to my eyes and
chills down my spine. his words are powerful support for us to keep on
standing on the corner and doing everything else we can to work for
as some of you know, i am in tucson to
celebrate my dad's 95th birthday, so i will not be there tomorrrow, the
14th. see you on the 21st.
in peace and justice,
Subject: Peace Corner Group
Date: Sun, 13
May 2007 10:07:57 -0500
Hello. Not sure of whom I'm writing, but
I read a story about Ellen Allen of Melrose organizing a peaceful
protest. This email address was in the story I
I grew up in Palatka, ages 7 to 13, from 1957
until we moved to Atlanta in 1963. My heart never left, I remain close to
the Townsend family in Palatka and often visit. I irregularly read
local news to stay up on friends and activities in Putnam County. I now live
north of Atlanta in a town smaller than Melrose.
Thanks for sticking your neck out to fight for
what is right. My wife got involved several years ago when Bush
started the run-up to invading Iraq. The closest large town
(interestingly) is Gainesville, GA. She stood on Gainesville street
corners at major intersections with like-minded folks that added themselves
to the ever-growing crowd with each new weekend. Some passers-by
showed their IQ by raising their middle fingers. However, most were
supportive or expressed no opinion. Support has grown steadily over
She did it "so other kids do not grow up to
experience" what I did when I served in a previous and wildly unpopular war.
I entered in 1969 and went away in the beginning of 1970.
Sometimes I wondered if I ever did came home. I still don't know HOW I
survived, and I remain sad for the wonderful guys that did not. I still feel a deep sense of remorse for my thoughts as I
loaded mangled bodies - missing various appendages, some former athletes
rendered to life in a bed with bags attached to catch their waste - I
sometimes hoped a merciful God would let them die
You never get over the things you do under
stress. I worry for today's soldiers who are being forced to serve
multiple tours, going door-to-door. ... Thirty-seven years later,
drop a jar on the floor, slam a door, pop a bag and I'm on the floor.
Don't even think of touching my neck, I still react with violence to your
"attempt to kill" me, as I was trained. Some trauma and suffering
cannot be measured, and is overlooked in assessing the cost to go to war,
especially by those who never served.
My wife calls her group "The Peace Corner
Group." That's my vote if you are still looking for a
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