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Memorial Day 2012 Reflections

In what they call an alternative to the usual “glorification and glamorization” of war often accompanying Memorial Day celebrations, the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace (VFP) offered an evening of reflection in poetry, prose, and song by its members. The event took place Monday, May 28, at the Regulator Bookshop of Durham) and was free and open to the public.

Five local U.S. veterans of four different wars, from WWII to the present, read from their published works.

Veterans for Peace, Eisenhower Chapter, presents 2012 Memorial Day Reflections; Part 1

Veterans for Peace, Eisenhower Chapter, presents 2012 Memorial Day Reflections; Part 2

• Joseph Eger of Durham, 91, who served as a sergeant in the US Air Forces in WW II, will read from "EINSTEIN'S VIOLIN: A Conductor's Notes on Music and Social Change." Eger was principal hornist for the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles and National Symphony Orchestras before re-emerging as a world-renowned symphony conductor and social activist.

• Barry L. Reece of Pittsboro, 77, who served in both the U.S. Army and the National Guard, is a Korean War veteran and poet. He will read from his second work of collected poems: "Lingering Memories – Second Act: New and Selected Poems.”

• Logan Mehl-Laituri of Durham, 30, is a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Theology at Duke Divinity School. A veteran of the War on Iraq, he served in the U.S. Army (Sgt.E5) from Aug. 2000 to Nov. 2006. His book, titled “Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism, & Conscience,” will be published this July.

• Three-tour Iraq War veteran Russell Snyder of Raleigh, 30, will offer excerpts from his book, “Hearts and Mines: A Memoir of Psychological Warfare in Iraq,” published earlier this year. Recently returned from Iraq, where he served as an Army Staff Sgt. from 2002 to 2011, Snyder is currently a student at NC State University, pursuing a degree in International Studies with a concentration in International Relations.

Also taking part in VFP’s Memorial Day Program will be John Heuer, president of the Eisenhower Chapter, who will read from President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation (1962). Chapter member Vicki Ryder, whose husband served in Vietnam,
will offer two songs of Memorial Day remembrance.

Founded in 1985 by U.S. military veterans, VFP is a national non-profit organization that works to “heal the wounds of war, expose the true costs of war, and build a culture of peace.”

For more information, contact John Heuer at heu93@aol.com or 919-444-3823.