Meetings are generally held at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month, at the Salt Marsh Center, 218 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Everyone is welcome. Please join us. (No meetings July & Aug.)
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In January, we began our 24th Annual “Voices of Peace” Poetry Contest by soliciting entries from school kids and adults across the Cape Cod and Islands region and once again the response was impressive - 769 entries representing 24 schools with a total of 68 teachers facilitating student sub- missions. In the 24 years of the contest, more than 11,720 Cape and Islands poets have participated. In April we celebrated the 75 winners at our Awards Ceremony and Reading, a well-attended event open to the community. Next year we will sponsor a special 25th Anniversary Contest and Recognition Event!
In May, we were asked to speak at the Hyannis Rotary Club luncheon and were well received. Veterans and non-veterans in attendance engaged in a discussion of conflicts from Vietnam to the Gulf Wars that highlighted the costs of these wars in civilian and military casualties - and of how we can prevent future wars through being active as citizens in promoting non-violent solutions.
Finally, we have made significant progress toward our long-term goal of establishing a tangible and permanent memorial to the “Hidden Wounds of War”- PTS, TBI, MST, etc. and to the many veteran suicides which occur as a result of these injuries not being recognized and properly treated. We hope that this memorial will serve as a place of recognition and remembrance for families and friends of those who have succumbed to these wounds. We plan to bring together this community and the wider Cape Cod veterans and civilian communities when we at last dedicate this memorial.
—Duke Ellis, Chapter Coordinator
Photo at Right ----Jessica Ross, eighth grade student at Nauset Middle School on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, reads her very moving poem “All for Peace” during the 2019 Memorial Day Parade Ceremony. The poem was one of the award winning entries in the 24th annual Voices of Peace poetry contest sponsored by Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey Chapter 041, Cape Cod VFP. Through this poetry contest, our chapter links the art of poetry to problems of world peace, security, and human well-being. There were a total of 769 submissions in this year’s contest.
In March 2011, the Cape Cod Chapter of Veterans For Peace dedicated and renamed our chapter in honor of
Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey.
A 23-year-old Iraq War veteran, Jeff Lucey suffered from Post Tramatic Stress Disorder and in his anguish took his own life on June 22, 2004, almost a year after his discharge from active military duty. Jeff’s family home is in Belchertown, Massachusetts and his parents have, since his death, become tireless advocates for active duty and discharged military personnel who are experiencing this horrendous and widespread disorder.
With this renaming and dedication, our chapter became the first VFP chapter in the nation to name itself in honor of a war veteran who died by suicide related to PTSD. In keeping with the VFP mission to “increase public awareness of the true costs of war,” we now focus a part of our efforts on the work of advocacy and healing for veterans and active duty military personnel suffering from PTSD.