THE ART OF WAR
Our Veterans for Peace (VfP) chapter lined up along the parade route with a large sign that had our name on it and the words "Join Us." We were dressed in our black VfP sweatshirts and got a good response from many in the parade. Some of the returning GI's waved to us and a few flashed peace signs. The biggest cheers of the day though were reserved for the football team and it had to have been noticed by the returning soldier "heroes." I am convinced most people came to see the football team.
The local media were the biggest promoters of the event. One of our senators, Olympia Snowe and our Congressman Tom Allen, marched in front of the parade and I yelled "Get out of Iraq" a couple times as they walked by our VfP delegation. The morning paper has a couple of good quotes from two VfP members in it so we did get a tiny bit of press.
Following the parade I attended the art show opening called War Flowers: Swords into Plowshares that was held at the University of Southern Maine art gallery. About 150 attended and they were not disappointed. The art work, depicting the idea of converting the military industrial complex into peaceful production, was extraordinary. One of the crowd favorites showed George W. Bush resigning from the presidency and moving to Bath, Maine where he became a swan boat driver as Bath Iron Works converted from building destroyers to swan boats. The art will be shown at the university gallery until August 19.