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Please Join Us for Memorial Day and Week To Remember

In our thoughts and memories.

Let us remember those lost and learn from the past.

Join us in putting up simulated grave markers at Olbrich Park 9 am on Saturday May 25 and bringing them down Saturday June 1st.starting 9 am

Location https://maps.app.goo.gl/7V9HTqCbGSZJFWA5A


Join us at the Gates of Heaven Synagogue on Monday May 27 at 1pm for the annual Peace Rally.

Speaker Robert Koehler
Reaching for Peace Beyond Our Certainties

James Madison Park
302 E. Gorham Street Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Location https://maps.app.goo.gl/mhznQAAdgwxNZU3v7


Organized by Progressive Magazine and Veterans for Peace.

The Progressive Inc. publishes The Progressive magazine and Progressive.org. They also operate the Public Schools Advocate and the Progressive Media Project/Progressive Perspectives as well as the annual “Fighting Bob Fest.”

Memorial Mile 2022 ~ Olbrich Park & Atwood Ave ~ | Veterans for Peace (madisonvfp.org)

Watch Our Annual Peace Rally – Recorded May 29, Memorial Day at the Gates of Heaven in Madison, Wisconsin

Memorial Day Peace Rally 2023 

No to War, No to Fascism

Link to the Video

– The Progressive and Veterans for Peace –
at Gates of Heaven 

  • Emcee Norm Stockwell, publisher of The Progressive





  • Keynote Speaker Matt Rothschild, executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, former editor and publisher of The Progressive
  • Music by Old Cool 

  • Speakers: Father David Couper, Daryl Sherman, Paul McMahon and Will Williams

  • Bagpipes by Sean Michael Dargan

Thank you for everyone involved in making this event possible, and much appreciation to everyone who was able to join us. Thanks to Norm and The Progressive for producing the video. Photos from the event by Phil Fransen.

As we leave the event, we lay carnations at the base of the memorial for the actions of the Lincoln Brigade a who resisted fascism and promoted freedom.


Critical thought trumps fascism.

Fascism: A guide for study and resistance


Gates of Heaven Synagogue
James Madison Park
302 E. Gorham Street
Madison, WI 53703

“As people pass the little chapel in James Madison Park, few realize that the chapel was built in 1863. First located at 214 West Washington Avenue, it was designed and built by the first group of Jewish immigrants to arrive in Madison…”

The Progressive Inc. publishes The Progressive magazine and Progressive.org. They also operate the Public Schools Advocate and the Progressive Media Project/Progressive Perspectives as well as the annual “Fighting Bob Fest.”

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Photo by Terry Talbot, Talbot Gallery 2118




~ Madison Rally for Peace ~ 1PM Mon May 30

VFP 2022 Peace Rally Flyer


      RALLY for PEACE

      1 p.m. Monday – May 30, 2022

  James Madison Park, Gates of Heaven Building 

   Hosted by Veterans For Peace – Clarence Kailin Chapter 25

Madison, Wisconsin


Guest Speaker

Garett Reppenhagen

Veterans For Peace, National, Executive Director


       “Building/sustaining movement against militarism & war”

                – With discussion of current world situation










Memorial Mile 2022 ~ Olbrich Park & Atwood Ave ~

This time of the year, those of us involved with Veterans for Peace, believe it is important to recognize the significant loss of lives that our nation [and the world] have experienced. We may have borders, but we are also a part of this world. Understanding our loss may be a step in changing our ways. Having empathy for the loss of others is another step towards change and progress.

In a few hours, we placed around 7,000 simulated grave markers. Although, the early risers may have been putting down the design as early as 6am, who knows.  I was sleeping at that time.

“Donuts, coffee, peanuts, soda and wonderful conversation made the job…”  – Tom Glassel

“Great photos, Tom!  Great, hard-working volunteers!  So well organized – excellent work early on by John, Phil, Jeff, and Steve: Bravo!  And we made a very good connection with the local press: photographer Kayla Wolf of the Wisconsin State Journal.  Excellent conversations and outreach with the public.  Two of my students (2nd and 4th graders) brought their Mom to walk the Mile, and will report to their classes.
Onwards!  Peace!  Larry


“Volunteers gathered at Olbrich Park on Saturday to help Veterans for Peace Chapter #25 set up the Memorial Mile.

Over the past two years, the long stretch of tombstones that are placed to remind people of the worst cost of war could not be set up because of COVID-19.

On Saturday though, with the community’s help, the Memorial Mile made its return.”

Link to article and video….

Channel 3 News: Memorial Mile makes return to Madison ahead of Memorial Day



Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is a day for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the armed forces.