Vigil outside Camp Ripley gates set for Friday, International Day of Peace

The Little Falls Partners for Peace and Occupy Little Falls will hold a vigil outside Camp Ripley’s main gate, located at 15000 Highway 115, Friday. The vigil will last from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Vigil participants may park along the right of way or in the parking lot near the Clark gas station.

The vigil will demand the immediate withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Afghanistan, the end of the drone bombing campaigns in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia and peaceful resolutions to the Syrian civil war and the dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The vigil seeks to increase public awareness of the use of drones for war and surveillance in response to Camp Ripley’s construction of an unmanned aerial systems (drone) facility.

A special guest, FBI whistle-blower and peace activist Coleen Rowley, will speak at the vigil.

The vigil supports the International Day of Peace, held every year on Sept. 21. The International Day of Peace, established in 1981, is recognized by every member state of the United Nations. The International Day of Peace encourages efforts to peacefully resolve armed conflicts and disputes between nations, said Robin Hensel, event organizer.

After the vigil, a potluck dinner will be held at Belle Prairie Park, located north of Little Falls near Highway 371. In the event of bad weather, the potluck will take place in the Little Falls Carnegie Library’s large meeting room. The Little Falls Carnegie Library is located at 108 Third St. N.E.

Everyone is welcome to attend the vigil and potluck.