September 06, 2006
Peace Group Receives Grant
The images are haunting. Panels of photographs depicting the fallen, those who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, convey a strong message while honoring the ever-increasing casualties of war.
And now the exhibit may be available to more East End residents than ever: Recently, the Southold-based North Fork People of Conscience, the organization responsible for mounting the Honor the Fallen Memorial, received a $10,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation, awarded along with a recommendation from the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund.
According to NFPOC director Pat Hovey, the grant will be used to support the memorial, which honors not only United States servicemen and women who have lost their lives, but also Iraqis who have died during the conflict. The exhibit travels and has been held in numerous locations on the East End, as well as in New York City.
"Visiting the memorial has been a very moving experience for most people," said Eleanor Oakley, an NFPOC director. "After spending time with the panels, those killed can no longer remain anonymous. Unfortunately, we have to update the memorial every month because every month more soldiers die."
The NFPOC is involved in an ongoing effort to educate the community about the consequences of war. Other events include a free monthly film series. The grant, said Hovey, will allow for increased films in additional settings. "This, in turn, will hopefully generate more awareness and discussion about the costs of war," she said.
And in other NFPOC news, as a show of support for the upcoming Creating A Culture of Peace program being offered by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, NFPOC is offering five need-based scholarships for the three-day workshop, to be held at the Southold Methodist Church on September 22, 23 and 24.
The cost of the workshop is $75 of which NFPOC will pay $60.
For more information on the five available scholarships, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hovey at 765-4612.