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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 10:43 am

A piece of peace

Everyone can make a difference

The attacks of Sep. 11, 2001 may have occurred hundreds of miles away from Springfield, but local citizens have made their share of sacrifices as a result of 9-11's aftermath — and they're doing their part to promote peace.

This week, the capital city peace-and-justice community began a series of "Cost of Peace: What More Can We Do?" events leading up to the annual International Day of Peace on Sep. 21. Peace activist Diane Lopez Hughes says the events are designed to show people how to "make peace a possibility in our community and in our world."

A Stand for Peace informational vigil is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sep. 13, at the Old State Capitol outside the Farmer's Market, at Fifth and Adams streets.

On Sunday, Sep. 14, Pace e Bene co-founder Father Louie Vitale hosts a program titled "The Nonviolent Alternative to the Perpetual War on Terrorism" at 6:30 p.m., following a light dinner reception at 5:30 p.m. Both take place at St. Joseph Parish School Cafeteria, 1346 North Fifth Street.

Liberty Brew and View's presentation of Meeting Resistance, a controversial film that documents the lives of Iraqi insurgents, starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 16.

An Interfaith service to recognize the International Day of Peace and ceasefire will be held on Thursday, Sep. 18, at 6:30 p.m., 1720 South Grand East.

The peace events conclude on the Day of Peace — Sunday, Sep. 21 with a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Illinois Capitol at 5 p.m.

Contact R.L. Nave at rnave@illinoistimes.com

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