Erasing the Battle Lines: Finding a Path to Peace
At 7:00 pm in the Trustees Room in the upper level of the John C. Myers Convocation Center, Mary Reynolds Powell and Ian Y. Yee, members of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 39 Northeastern Ohio, will present “Erasing the Battle Lines: Finding a Path to Peace.” The program will include a selection of letters from those who have been impacted by American wars: friend and foe, civilian and military. Following this, Mary and Ian will share brief descriptions of their personal journeys from their military experiences to Veterans for Peace. A question and answer period will allow for group conversation.
Mary Reynolds Powell, graduated from Columbia University School of Nursing in August,1969. The US Army provided significant financial assistance during her senior year, which committed her to a two-year tour after graduation. In 1970-71, she served as a Captain at the 24th Evacuation Hospital at Long Binh, Vietnam. In April 2000, Mary released A World of Hurt: Between Innocence and Arrogance in Vietnam, an account of her own experience in Vietnam that includes the stories of several friends who served with her. It describes a war “winding down” while thousands still died. In 2005, it was published in Israel as only the second book in Hebrew about the war in Vietnam. She has lectured at high schools and colleges and spoken to professional, religious and civic groups around the country.
“Ian” Yiu-Man Yee received his B.A. in Philosophy after receiving his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy. During his active duty enlistment, he deployed twice to the Middle East/South West Asia/Arabian Gulf/Persian Gulf. His sister was also a U.S. Air Force officer who was deployed for all of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.