Express Staff Writer
with a few words by Rev. Brian Baker of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, a
candlelight vigil took place last Wednesday night not so much to protest
war but to promote the idea of peace. There were at least 75 people
gathered at the Ketchum Town Square, huddled in down jackets, hats and
mittens, and carrying lighted candles.
came on the heels of a national day of protest, Oct. 26, where over
200,000 marched on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and 100,000 marched
in San Francisco. Elsewhere, demonstrations were held in cities around
the world to coincide with the Washington march, including Rome, Berlin,
Copenhagen, Tokyo and Mexico City.
candlelight vigil for peace Nov. 13 in Ketchum attracted many
concerned citizens, The Rev. Brian Baker, far right, opened the vigil
with a prayer and a few words on the subject of peace. Express photo
by David N. Seelig
said the country needs to continue a public debate on the subject of
potential war against Iraq. Rabbi Martin Levy read a prayer for peace.
Both men recalled being in Washington, D.C., and New York, respectively,
on the eve of the Gulf War a decade ago.
of the anthem "Let There Be Peace on Earth" was sung, at the
end of which those present raised their candles skyward.
organizer Margaret Macdonald Stewart said, "War is the science of
destruction. It destroys lives, families, cultures, dreams, water, trust
and it shatters the future and perhaps itís a part of an unending
cycle of hatred and revenge."
have to hold the hands of the younger generation," said Anita
McCann, who has attended other marches. "War is an obsolete way to