Memorial Ribbon Ceremony and Healing Drum Circle

 

JOIN US FOR A MEMORIAL RIBBON CEREMONY AND HEALING DRUM CIRCLE

10am to Noon, Saturday, September 10 

 Hyannis Town Green – Near Main St. at the VFP Hidden Wounds Memorial Monument

ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE INVITED TO ATTEND

The Cape Cod Chapter of Veterans For Peace (VFP) will join with the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition (CISPC), and the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands in sponsoring a memorial healing event on September 10 to mark National Suicide Prevention Month.

 

A primary goal of the Cape Cod VFP Chapter is to raise public awareness about the Hidden Wounds of war which so often are associated with PTSD and an unusually high rate of suicide among veterans. The chapter is named in honor of Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey, a young marine who died by suicide a year after returning from a deployment to Iraq. On Veterans Day 2021, the chapter dedicated a memorial to those individuals and families touched by veteran suicide.

 

The mission of CICPC is to give the Cape Cod and Islands communities the necessary information and tools to raise awareness, promote education, and increase action to reduce suicides. CICPC has over 75 member organizations representing Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard including schools, mental health and human service agencies, law enforcement, and emergency medical service organizations. Also included are groups representing suicide survivors and communities whose members may be at risk for suicide – youth, the elderly, those with mental health or substance use disorders and individuals and families who have been affected by suicide.

 

The mission of the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands is to end suicide by combating risk conditions and easing the impacts of suicidal activity through fostering care, connection, resilience, and public understanding. During its 45 year history, Samaritans has offered assistance to those touched by suicide through its crisis line, outreach and grief support services.

This event will include a welcome by representatives of VFP, the CISPC, and Samaritans, followed by the MEMORIAL RIBBON CEREMONY during which participants may come forward to add a ribbon to the line to memorialize a family member, friend or other person who died by suicide.

 

Following the ribbon ceremony, a healing drum circle will be led by Sam Holmstock of Drum Strategies For Healing, who for several years has conducted the “Drumming Through Trauma” sessions at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.

 

This event will end with closing statements by VFP, CICSP and Samareitans, as well as information about resources for receiving help, contributing to this cause, or learning more about this issue.

 

The memorial event will be held rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs and (hopefully not) umbrellas! The event is free and open to the public.

 

CONTACT PERSONS: Duke Ellis wellis3@comcast.net or 508-364-7603