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Newly unveiled Veteran's Memorial at Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa.
Newly unveiled Veteran's Memorial at Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa.

Canadian vets talk about their wars, and this one

November 11th goes by different names. The former Armistice Day has become Veteran's Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada. For at least a week before hand, many Canadians won't leave home without pinning on a small plastic flower. School children still recite "In Flanders Field," hurriedly written in 1915 by a weary field doctor. Canadian John McCrea's poem immortalized the common red poppy, which sprang up across battle fields and graveyards in the wishfully-named "War to End All Wars." In this atmosphere, correspondent Lucy Martin wondered what older Canadian war veterans might be thinking about Canada's current campaign in Afghanistan. She caught up with some during a recent ceremony at an Ottawa Veteran's Home.  Go to full article

Film Calls for Depleted Uranium Study

The group North Country Veterans for Peace is showing a movie tonight in Potsdam about the military's use of depleted uranium (a heavy metal used in ammunition) in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the first Gulf War, veterans groups have argued the weakly radioactive chemical has caused a range of illnesses in thousands of soldiers. The Pentagon says the substance does not make people sick. New York's legislature has taken up a bill that would help National Guard soldiers get tested for exposure to depleted uranium from military service. And it would encourage more research on the subject. Similar bills have passed in Connecticut and Louisiana. Miles Manchester is a member of North Country Veterans for Peace.  Go to full article

Heard up North: The Ladies of Grace Episcopal Church

Memorial Day brought families and neighbors together for a traditional program of remembrance and commemoration. Gregory Warner stopped by the VFW post in Canton after the parade. The ladies of Grace Episcopal Church were there, sharing a plate of oatmeal raisin cookies along with their day. Barbara Todd is today's heard up North.  Go to full article
WWII Veteran Martin Murie, of Malone, joins other protesters at Saturday's anti-war vigil in Potsdam. Photo by Sunyoung Kim.
WWII Veteran Martin Murie, of Malone, joins other protesters at Saturday's anti-war vigil in Potsdam. Photo by Sunyoung Kim.

Veterans and Others Mark 3rd Year of War with Vigil, March

150 anti-war protesters gathered outside the Potsdam post office. They held signs and solicited honks from passing cars (to the dismay of the fraternity across the street). The vigil was followed by a "march for peace" and then discussion. Gregory Warner went to the vigil, and returned with this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Veterans Plan Anti-War Vigil and "Walk for Peace"

Every Saturday from 11am - noon, anti-war protestors stand in front of the Potsdam Post Office for a weekly vigil. This Saturday, in honor of the 3rd anniversary of the Iraq war, the groups will follow the vigil with a "Walk For Peace", ending at the Community Center of the First Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St, where a discussion about the war will be held.

Dr. Mike Mullen will be there. He's with North Country Veterans for Peace. He was an army doctor in the Gulf War and is now an emergency room physician in Potsdam.

He told Gregory Warner that he never supported the current war in Iraq. But he was inspired to join Veterans for Peace about a year ago, after he heard Congressman John Murtha speak out against the war and urge a timeline for bringing American troops home. Congressman Murtha is a veteran of Korea and Vietnam.  Go to full article

Preview: Brockville Community Choir Presents Remembrance Day Concert

The 50-voice Brockville Community Chorus presents its annual Remembrance Day Concert. It's called In Remembrance and will be held Friday night (7:30) at the First Presbyterian Church in Brockville, Ontario. Todd Moe talks with choir Director Jeff Reusing.  Go to full article

Another Look at the Media and the Military

For a different perspective on the media and the military, David Sommerstein called up Paul Rieckoff. He served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division and 1st Armored Division. Now he directs Operation Truth, a non-partisan advocacy group for veterans of the war in Iraq. Rieckoff says active duty soldiers do have restrictions on their first amendment rights to free speech.  Go to full article
North Country Vets for Peace
North Country Vets for Peace

Veterans for Peace Chapter Forms in Potsdam

Veterans from across the country will gather in Dallas this week to take a stand against war. It's the national convention of Veterans for Peace, an organization of veterans and individuals opposed to war. Earlier this year, the North Country chapter of Veterans for Peace began meeting on a regular basis in Potsdam, and has its own website. Todd Moe spoke with three members of the local chapter, who were either drafted or volunteered for military duty. They talked about veterans' rights, recruitment and war.  Go to full article

Chestertown Honors American Veterans

Chestertown commemorates the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II Saturday with a parade (10am) on Main Street, a reception for veterans, a 1940's swing dance and fireworks. Todd Moe talks with Chestertown's "History Alive Celebration" organizer Barbara Wilson.  Go to full article

Miltary Vets Speak Out For Peace

Some of the most outspoken critics of war with Iraq have been U.S. military veterans. David Sommerstein talks with former U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel Frank Houde, a member of the Albany chapter of Veterans For Peace.

Houde and fellow veteran John Amidon will speak at the Canton Middle School cafeteria Wednesday at 7pm. Local group Alternatives To War is the talk's sponsor.  Go to full article

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