Remembering Victims of War

“War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y’all

War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Ohhh, war, I despise
Because it means destruction
Of innocent lives

War means tears
To thousands of mothers eyes”

With apologies to Edwin Starr’s #1 from the Vietnam war era.

For 15 years the Orange County Peace Coalition has commemorated the world wide victims of War on Memorial Day.  Now on May 30 we are at it again. This year we are mourning and hearing the Voiceless Refugees at home and abroad.

We will have songs from the Raging Grannies, Danny Glover, poems and an address from Manzoor Cheema,  He’s the founder of United Against Racism & Islamophobia, a N&O Tar Heel of  the Week and recipient of the 14th Annual International Human Rights Award and addressing the unique issues and concerns of Islamophobia and racial attitudes of oppression running rampant in our county.

Come to the Extraordinary Ventures on Elliott Rd at 2 PM, May 30.  We Kick off and end with TAPS played by Randy Burnette, East Chapel Hill High School Trumpeter.

Again I sing:

“War Huh Yeah 

What is it good for?  

Absolutely nothing.  

Listen to me

Oh war I despise

Because it means destruction

Of Human lives

And our world”


— Wes Hare

Memorial Day Tribute Celebrates Peace

CHAPEL HILL – The community took a pause to celebrate Memorial Day Monday—but one tribute took a slightly different approach to the normal traditions.

The Orange County Peace Coalition hosted the afternoon event called “Veterans and Victims of War: Past, Present, and Future” in Carrboro Town Commons. Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton read a “proclamation” during the ceremony that lasted about two hours.

“It’s a little bit of an unusual Memorial Day event. Our goal is to speak to the memory of and remember all those who have suffered in wars in the past,” Chilton said.

Jan Broughton, of the Peace Coalition, says it’s been an annual event for about 10 years. She says it’s not meant to take focus away from veterans, but rather to raise awareness for world peace.

“It just is something that seems to bring our community together and also reminds us of what it takes for our county to remain free,” she said.

It featured poetry readings from community members in addition to vocal performances by the Raging Grannies.

“There are many more who have suffered in war, in addition to veterans. We need to honor the veterans as well as the civilians who have been killed,” Broughton said.

She says it was also a chance to remember the 30th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam.

“In these times, we are so much more ambivalent about war. It’s difficult to be positive in our thoughts but we need to search for peace rather than war.”

For more information on the OC Peace Coalition, click here.