March with us at the Memorial Day Parade
Why the Jeffrey M. Lucey Chapter?
In March 2011, the
Cape Cod Chapter
of Veterans For
and renamed our
chapter in honor of
Corporal Jeffrey M.
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.
The Town of Barnstable’s Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies will be held Monday, May 30, 2016. The parade will form at 9:30 am at the Centerville Library. It kicks off sharply at 10:00 am and will proceed down Main Street to Monument Square for a brief program. The program this year will include Barnstable Intermediate School fifth grade student Maya Wilson-Ehrentha reading her poem "The Boy, The Man, The Hero." Maya was one of the award winning poets in our 21st annual Voices of Peace poetry contest. After the program the parade will proceed up Old Stage Road to Beechwood Cemetery for the main Memorial Day program. In keeping with hometown parades across the country, Barnstable's parade includes veteran's groups, school bands, politicians, marching Boy and Girl Scouts, honor guards, musket salutes, and much more.
Donations are always needed.
Last year the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center (formerly the Nam Vets Association) Food Pantry served the equivalent of over 47,000 meals to the almost seven hundred enrolled veterans and their families.
The food pantry is located at the Veterans Outreach Center building at 569 Main Street in Hyannis.
Meetings are generally held at 6:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday 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.)
JOIN THE MISSION FOR PEACE & JUSTICE,
BECOME A MEMBER OF VETERANS FOR PEACE