The Dunkirk-Fredonia Center for Peace and Justice offered its thanks this morning to the Common Council, Mayor Richard Frey and representatives from the various area veterans groups regarding the "unfortunate controversy" surrounding the peace pole, which had been placed in Memorial Park.
Members of the Center for Peace and Justice, in a release to the OBSERVER this morning, were aiming to clear up misconceptions from the events. "First, its offer of the peace pole to the city of Dunkirk was never intended to be an affront to veterans," the group's news release stated. "On the contrary, it presumed that brave veterans who fought and died in service to our country did so that peace might prevail - and that future wars might be averted. CPJ itself has a number of veterans among its members. In no way did CPJ see the peace pole as disrespecting veterans and their sacrifices."
Members also noted that among 200,000 peace poles are located throughout the world.
"Another response, sad in these days of cooperation and sharing among municipalities, is the territorial reaction of some in Dunkirk who have accused CPJ of being outsiders. Approximately 20 percent of the individuals on CPJ's mailing list live in Dunkirk."
Complete story in the Tuesday OBSERVER.