EVENT: Veterans Day Event Unveils "Cost of War" Sign
Attendees Raise Awareness about Veterans' Issues
WHO: The University of Rochester M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence joins members of Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Military Families Speak Out to unveil an electric "Cost of War" sign.
TIME, DATE, PLACE: 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Avenue).
WHAT: In honor of Veterans Day, these organizations, all members of the anti-war coalition, come together to honor veterans from New York State. Before the sign's unveiling, veterans will read the names of troops from New York State who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The seven-foot-long electronic sign, on loan from a Binghamton peace activism group, will be placed in several locations around Rochester through the end of December. The sign will scroll different messages at each location, to provide the public with information about the monetary cost of war as well as the emotion toll war can take on American soldiers.
On Thursday, the sign will scroll three separate messages: "Tonight 160,000 vets will be homeless"; "Today 18 vets will commit suicide"; and "All of our veterans need your support."
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Members of the media who wish to cover the unveling should call on-site media contacts Kit Miller, Director of the Gandhi Institute, at 520-544-9013 or George Payne at 585-703-9230.
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