Thirty years ago a huge crowd of people connected a “ribbon” made of yard-long panels around government buildings in Washington D.C. Justine Merritt had a vision to make a ribbon for peace that would be a mile long, enough to encircle the Pentagon. Her idea “went viral” as we would say now, in that pre-internet time, primarily through church and women’s groups.ribbon

The ribbon grew and grew to eighteen miles. It went around the Pentagon, down the mall, around the White House and around the Capitol. My place to stand was near the Capitol building. (There were not as many barriers in those days.)country

There were quilted pieces, appliqued pieces, painted pieces. Some had words, some just had images. I did a country scene, a city scene, and a fish. Already in those days I was concerned about water.fish It was a wonderful way to use scraps from my many sewing efforts. I did not find such an outlet again until I discovered Project Linus about six years ago.city

There were many follow-up events. The ribbon is now an international organization which is still active, though not much in the news: http://www.theribboninternational.org/

August 1985 was the fortieth anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year is the seventieth. Has the cause of peace advanced?

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