THIS BANNER will be on view during the Veterans for Peace protest march and vigil on Saturday outside Brunswick Landing, where the Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform.

THIS BANNER will be on view during the Veterans for Peace protest march and vigil on Saturday outside Brunswick Landing, where the Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform.

BRUNSWICK — Maine Veterans for Peace has unveiled a protest banner created by Maine artists Natasha Mayers and Nora Tryon that will be used on Saturday during the march and vigil opposing the Air Force Thunderbirds at the Great State of Maine Air Show.

A news release from organizers describe the protest march as follows:

The banner reads “Stop Recruiting Our Children for War” and shows children’s playful nature being subverted for militarism.

The march will begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and Bath Road in Brunswick and end at the front gate of Brunswick Landing. There the group will hold a vigil until noon as people drive into the former Navy base.

According to a VFP protest organizer, “Last year our airshow protest was lead by VFP founding member Tom Sturtevant who served in the Navy on an aircraft carrier during the Korean War. He worked for years to end military recruitment in our public schools. He passed away last winter and our protest this year is in his memory.”

Veterans for Peace maintains that the Thunderbird warplanes drop bombs and kill women and children as well as soldiers. They contend that these airshows glorify war and mislead impressionable young people.

For more information, visit www.vfpmaine.org.


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