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Date(s) - 11/13/2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist

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First Parish on Bedford Common - Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

First Parish on Bedford Common – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

“Bedford is a military community,” says Rev. John Gibbons, “but often there is a disconnect between service members, veterans, and our community.  Simply saying, ‘Thank you for your service’ is a welcome but insufficient gesture.  Somehow we must find ways to hear our veterans, honor the truth of their diverse experiences, and reintegrate veterans into our community.”

On Sunday morning at 10 AM: Gold Star families Carlos and Melida Arredondo, and Alma and Brian Hart, along with Rev. John Gibbons, will consider “What Veterans Day Means To Us and Our Community.”  The Harts and the Arredondos will consider how a community can support its veterans, mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and peacemaking. Carlos Arredondo is also known as the “Man in the Cowboy Hat,” a first responder in the Boston Marathon bombings.

On Sunday afternoon at 2 PM: Acclaimed author Sebastian Junger will also speak at First Parish.  Author of the acclaimed Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging as well as The Perfect Storm and other books, Junger was embedded as a journalist in Afghanistan.  He addresses veterans’ issues and the state of community in American society.

All these events will benefit the Arredondo Family Foundation whose mission is to empower military families in the prevention of military related suicides and to provide support through education financial relief and support services.

“Bedford is a military community,” says Rev. John Gibbons, “but often there is a disconnect between service members, veterans, and our community.  Simply saying, ‘Thank you for your service’ is a welcome but insufficient gesture.  Somehow we must find ways to hear our veterans, honor the truth of their diverse experiences, and reintegrate veterans into our community.”

For more information, please contact First Parish at 781-275-7994 or jgibbons@uubedford.org.

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