|Concord Peace Vigil|
Concord peace vigil
Every Friday, 8:00 to 9:00 AM (on Virus Hiatus from april 5, 2020)
Monument square, concord Massachusetts
(Concord center, small rotary)
Concord Peace Vigil ends Virus Hiatus
Since 1991, members of the Concord Peace Vigil have held a banner and walked in Monument Square around the flagpole. The banner says “We walk with all who suffer because of war.” We met one Friday a month from 8 to 9 am over the years 1991 through 2001. After the start of the US Government war in Afghanistan in late 2001, Vigil members decided to meet every week, weather permitting, still on Fridays from 8 to 9 am, and have continued to the present time. We are not a club and welcome any who wish to join us, even for a short time. We appreciate the positive messages many of you have signaled as you drive by.
After Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's lockdown procedures were relaxed, the stalwart walkers returned to the Concord flagpole for the 4th of July weekend. While we were gone, world traveler Arthur Burton was at the flagpole on Earth Day 2020 (the 50th anniversary) and walked non-stop for many hours. 2021 will be our 30th year. We all are older (and wiser). For health and safety reasons we will stop at Thanksgiving and regroup in the Spring of 2021.
On December 6, 2019, our stalwart walker Ann Eno turned 90. Isn't that something, she said.
From Arthur Burton, nom de plume 'Walt Waldo Walden:
ON Earth Day I WALKED 5 HOURS NONSTOP WITH THE Earth Flag AND THE World Citizen Flag FROM 20:00 HOURS EST TO 01:00 HOUR ON THE FOLLOWING DAY IN THE CENTER OF Concord, Massachusetts. THERE IS THE CIRCLE FOR THE TRAFFIC AND IN THE MIDDLE OF IT A VERY HIGH FLAG POLE WHERE IF ONE WALKS AROUND IS ABOUT 60 STEPS AND WITH THE RIGHT PACE IS A MINUTE OR LESS FOR ONE COMPLETE TURN, SO I DID AT LEAST 300 CIRCLES WALKING. THIS WAS AS ALWAYS A PRAYER, MEDITATION AND Tapasya (PENANCE, ASCETIC AUSTERITY - Sanskrit).
Arthur Bogomil Burton