Summer service interns help promote peace through march

Participants will march along Victory Parkway while praying for those killed in Iraq | July 16, 2004

Xavier sophomore Trina Paris and Wyoming High School student Harry Lindner, both summer service interns, work in the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center where they helped plan a march that will memorialize Americans and Iraqis who have died in Iraq.

Titled Putting a Face on War, the event will take place Sunday, July 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The march will begin at the Cintas Center parking lot and proceed north on Ledgewood Avenue to Victory Parkway where symbols will be placed to remember both Americans and Iraqis who have died.

The participants will march in silence carrying signs and pictures of those who have died. Once at Victory Parkway, they will place one symbol on the ground for every 50 people who have died. The marchers will also participate in prayer and the reading of the names of the victims of war.

The event is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Five hundred members of that order are expected to attend the march.

The summer service internship program pairs Xavier students with Cincinnati area high school students and gives them the opportunity to use their talents to serve in the Greater Cincinnati community. The mission is to develop “people for others” who will continue to make service an integral part of their lives.

The program is supported by The Besl Trust, The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation, John E. and Francie Pepper Foundation, The Charles H. Dater Foundation, Inc., and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.