Monday, May 26, 2008

The Welcome Home Project

There will be what looks to be a powerful ceremony for and by American veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this evening at the Angus Bowmer Theater in Ashland, Oregon. Doors open at 5:30.

The Voices of Veterans program will be created by veterans at the retreat who express their memories and feelings through poetry, visual art and theater. There will be about 30 people on stage including some family members and a set of parents, Meade said. "We want to give the veterans a voice," McMillan said. Often that voice is expressed through poetry, which the veterans will perform on stage. Meade and Rubin will teach the audience welcome songs from different traditions and lead them in singing. "It's an old tradition from other cultures to welcome back the warriors by singing them into the community," Meade said. Meade will be telling stories from different cultures that relate to battle, and homecoming.


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