Celebrate peace on Mother's Day

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In 1870, following the Civil War, Julia Ward-Howe delivered a proclamation for peace on behalf of mothers. The event marked our nation's first Mother's Day.

To commemorate this first Mother's Day, and in response to religious and ethnic intolerance in the world, global warming, and the proposed nuclear bomb site in Burlington, the community is invited to celebrate peace, Mother Earth and the long legacy of mothers working for peace in homes, on the streets, in the workplace, in the classrooms and in government. The event will take place at the Brattleboro Common from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be live music, face painting and a craft table where people will be invited to make their own peace banners. There will also be a staged reading of Julia Ward-Howe's 1870 proclamation of peace.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a puppet for peace, blankets and a picnic lunch. Anyone interested in volunteering or any organizations and business dedicated to fostering peace in any way or to protecting our life giving plant who would like to set up a table are welcome to do so. Call Jess Diamondstone at 802-254-9403.

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