(John Scripsick, of Wayne, OK, and Warren Henthorn, of Choctaw, OK, speak out at 6 Year Anniversary of Iraq War Events. – promoted by Darla)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Contact: Nathaniel Batchelder, 405-824-2794c 405-524-5577
Iraq War 6th Year Memorials Planned in Oklahoma City
Two Oklahoma Fathers of Fallen Soldiers Speak Out about the Human Cost of War
What: Iraq 6th Year Memorial Service
When: 7pm, Thur, 3/19 (6:30 pm Media Interviews)
Where: Unitarian Church, 600 NW 13th St, OKC
Also: Other events listed below
The March 19, six-year anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Iraq will be commemorated in Oklahoma City with memorial events, public vigils, and a silent memorial walk, according to planners. Peace House Director Nathaniel Batchelder said that the tone of events planned this year is more to seek higher wisdom to make the world less violent and more humane, and less to tell Washington, D.C., what to do.
Batchelder said, “We are hopeful that a new administration and Congress can resolve the Middle East conflicts with more diplomacy and less violence.”
A memorial service will be held Thursday evening, March 19, at the First Unitarian Church, 600 NW 13th St. The public is invited, and the event begins at 7 p. m. Speakers include: Rev. Amy Venable, St. Stephens United Methodist Church, Norman; Imam Imad Enchassi, PhD, Islamic Society of Oklahoma City: Rev. Mark Christian, Senior Pastor at the Unitarian Church; and James Nimmo, Humanist and Atheist. Also speaking will be two Oklahoma fathers who lost their sons in the Iraq war, Warren Henthorn (Choctaw, OK), pictured left, and John Scripsick (Wayne, OK), pictured right. Media interviews available @ 6:30 pm.
On Saturday, March 21, a memorial vigil with activists holding signs calling for peace in the Middle East, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the northeast corner of the intersection of Meridian Avenue and Northwest Expressway. The public is invited to bring signs expressing their own hopes for peace, Batchelder said.
On Sunday, March 22, a silent memorial walk will begin at 2 p.m., from Civic Center Park, downtown Oklahoma City, at 201 N. Walker. Speakers will set the tone of the walk, and the route will encircle the Murrah Building National Memorial and return to the park. “In Oklahoma City, we know that one bomb is too many,” Batchelder said. A display of boots symbolizing the deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq will be part of the event, provided by members of the American Friends Service Committee. Speakers include John Scripsick and Warren Henthorn, who both lost their sons in the Iraq war, Daniel Sandate, Iraq veteran and Reggie Cervantes, 9/11 rescue worker. Rev Lance Schmitz, of the First Nazarene Church of Oklahoma City, will lead attendees in a reading of the names of Oklahomans fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
On the following Tuesday, March 24th, Oklahoma City Community College has events planned after students return from spring break. Call Steve Morrow, OCCC Advocates for Peace, at (405) 682-1611 x 7350 for more information.