All winners of the 2014 Poetry Contest are invited to read their poems at a public gathering at the South Congregational Church, 565 Main Street, Centerville, on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10 a.m. Please join us at this moving event.
We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace.
To this end we will work, with others:
- Towards increasing public awareness of the costs of war;
- To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations;
- To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons;
- To seek justice for veterans and victims of war and
- To abolish war as an instrument of international policy.
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.
We urge all people who share this view to join us.
Call (508) 420-5532
National Office: www.veteransforpeace.org
Why the Jeffrey M. Lucey Chapter?
In March 2011, the Cape Cod Chapter of Veterans For Peace dedicated and renamed our chapter in honor of Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey.
A 23-year-old Iraq War veteran, Jeff Lucey suffered from Post Tramatic Stress Disorder and in his anguish took his own life on June 22, 2004, almost a year after his discharge from active military duty. Jeff’s family home is in Belchertown, Massachusetts and his parents have, since his death, become tireless advocates for active duty and discharged military personnel who are experiencing this horrendous and widespread disorder.
With this renaming and dedication, our chapter became the first VFP chapter in the nation to name itself in honor of a war veteran who died by suicide related to PTSD. In keeping with the VFP mission to “increase public awareness of the true costs of war,” we now focus a part of our efforts on the work of advocacy and healing for veterans and active duty military personnel suffering from PTSD.
Click here for a brief biography of Jeff Lucey
2013 Veterans Day Parade, Hyannis, MA.
VFP members and supporters wore armbands to raise awareness for
the 22 veteran suicides per day.
VFP and other Cape Cod veteran's organizations participated in ceremonies following the 2013 Veterans Day Parade in Hyannis.