Armistice Centenary Commemoration

    November 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    St. Michael & All Angel's Church
    602 N Wilmot Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85711
    “St. Michael & all Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot, announces a solemn Armistice Centenary Commemoration Sunday, November 11, 3 p.m., that features music, poetry, and brief personal reflections as it moves from the “War To End All Wars” into the present. Planners state the program honors war dead and the living, veterans and all who have suffered in declared and undeclared conflicts during the past 100 years. It takes its tone from World War 1 poet / soldier Wilfred Owen’s “war and the pity of war” and includes his poetry. Owen, at 25 a promising young English poet, was killed in France on November 4, 1918, a week before the war formally ended. Free. A reception follows the commemoration. Information: (520) 886-7292. Details: Ila Abernathy, Social Action Committee, (520) 623-3063,”

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    St. Michael & all Angels Episcopal Church
    602 N. WilmotTucson, AZ
    Info: (520) 886-7292
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Very moving, powerful commemoration ceremony today starting off with Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”, then readings on WWI by Bertold Brecht, Rudyard Kiping, Wilfred Owen, Thomas Hardy, moving on to WWII descriptions from the battlefields, concentration camps, and Sadako Sasaki’s wish in Hiroshima for peace and health with attempt to make 1000 cranes to cure herself of leukemia. Then readings from the Vietnam War were done, with songs “Blackbird” by Lennon/McCartney, “Where have all the flowers gone”, “Down by the Riverside/Ain’t Gonna Study War no More” (latter 2 led by Tom Warmbrand).
      Then a Guatemalan man named Manuel Ortiz spoke of fleeing his home country & finding asylum here in U.S., reflecting on the internal conflicts of Latin America. 9/11 was addressed by readings and reflections of veterans, and song “God Keep me Safe”. Finally the ceremony brought in words from other traditions: Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and even a blessing from the Yoeme Deer Singers. A Moment of Silence for those lost in the wars of last 100 years was held, with ringing of St. Michael’s bells, and prayers in Quiche, Spanish & English and a final AMEN chorus. About 80 people at this event, with a strong anti-war/peace theme for all, considering that the war in Afghanistan is still ongoing.”In the dark times, will there is singing” was the theme.


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