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Join Memorial Day Walk/Ride/Die-in

PeaceWorks expects more than 50 people to converge at the entry road to the new nuclear weapons parts plant Memorial Day, May 30, to stand up to nukes. Come join us!

We walk, for the fifth year, from the old KC Plant, at Bannister Federal Complex, at 8 a.m., and go on foot and/or riding along Holmes to Mo. Hwy. 150. We sing, we chat, we pray for peace. At about 11:15 am, we reach Prospect at Mo. Hwy. 150, where late-comers can park and walk the last of the 10 miles with us. Then, about noon, we reach the public entry road, at 14520 Botts Rd., just north of Mo. Hwy. 150, for our die-in.

The 2015 die-in at the entry road to KC’s new nuclear weapons parts plant marks the deaths of hundreds of workers from the old plant’s contaminants. —Photo by Jim Hannah

Why on Memorial Day? Because of the many who died at Bannister Federal Complex (BFC) from the chemicals and gases released in making nuclear weapon parts there from 1949 to 2015. NBC Action News Channel 41 in 2011 listed 154 persons whose families said they died from illnesses related to BFC contaminants. Our die-in on the entry road—public property—memorializes their deaths. A trumpeter will mark their passing with “Taps.”

“This is a solemn walk, a walk of repentance, a walk of hope,” says Henry Stoever, chair of the PeaceWorks board. He started the walk in 2012. “Yes, we have weary feet. But we have joy in our action. We do this for the children, for the grandchildren, for the planet, for all of life.”

Stoever also says our walk poses this question: “Why are we still making nuclear weapons, weapons of omnicide?”

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