Members of Grannies for Peace demonstrate outside of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center on Valentine's Day 2012.
Photo by Marcy Velte.
continued The group holds other events throughout the year to bring attention to their cause.
They can often be found at the Albany Tulip Festival walking silently through the crowd carrying a coffin with names of all of the counties who have lost civilians to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan written on it. They also hold events at the Capitol building and are hoping to hold creative writing events at local libraries.
“Our message is important because we need to start using diplomacy instead of going to war,” said Maude Easter, another founding member from Delmar. “We just ended a horrible decade of war, but not all of our soldiers are home and safe yet. And many are coming home with disabling injuries that need to be taken care of.”
The group wants to remind the public of the consequences of war, especially with current tensions escalating with Iran. “If we provoke them into warfare the problem only increases,” said Easter.
“We just feel we owe (returning soldiers) a huge debt because often times their lives are permanently changed,” said Cooley.