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Seventh Annual VFP Peace Scholarship

Deadline for Application is April 23rd

Professor Paul Ortiz and 2019 Scholarship Winner Keely Lutrell, UF History Major

Gainesville Veterans for Peace Chapter 14 is excited to announce our 7th annual Peace Scholarship Program for the spring of 2021. We are awarding three college scholarships of $1,000 each for high school seniors, college students or adults with a commitment to activities including: social justice and peace, Black Lives Matter, conflict resolution and/or nonviolent social change.

Veterans for Peace created these scholarships to give financial support to students in Alachua County, Florida who are planning careers in pursuit of a world of social justice and equality. Download instructions and Application form above.

2020 Winter Solstice Virtual Concert

live-streamed on December 19th, 2020
Thanks to Rob Rothschild, Bill Hutchinson, Deborah Hendrix, and a whole host of VFP musicians and elves for making this production happen!

Oh how we wish we could all be together for our annual celebration of Peace and Light, but we can’t. Still, we will not be daunted! Because we are all “of a certain age” and we are informed that by science that (paraphrasing now) singing is spewing, this is an online concert. We hope that you will snuggle up around the screen with those in your social bubble and enjoy the music and messages that have become so important to us all at this time of year.

This recording of the program features performances including a Cherokee Peace Chant, John Chambers, Lauren Robinson, Bob McPeek, Faye Baird, David Beede, Nancy Luca, Cathy DeWitt & Janet Rucker, Mark Billman, and Other Voices, along with readings by our Peace Poetry Contest winners. And your Master of Ceremonies Bob Treadwater! 

Please support the Gainesville Veterans for Peace by making a donation

34th Annual Peace Concert Program

2019 WInter Solstice Concert Program large PDF file (81 mb)

Patterns For Peace International Day of Peace Observance

VFP Chapter 14 members Scott Camil and Mary Bahr Participated in the Patterns of Peace ceremony at the Harn Museum Japanese Garden to honor International Day of Peace.

To celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace, 5 U.S. gardens have raked “patterns for peace” into their karesansuis. The patterns were designed by Hiroshima artist and A-bomb survivor, Toshiko Tanaka, an advocate for peace. The panel will include representatives from each garden. Come hear about their process and the significance of this project. The discussion will begin with a video of the raking done at each garden, interviews with garden representatives involved in the project and with Mrs. Tanaka. A question and answer session with garden representatives will follow the video.

This edited compilation will be broadcast during a panel discussion which will be held on Zoom on September 21st, the United Nations International Day of Peace. The panel discussion will include representatives from each of the participating gardens (listed below) and conclude with a question and answer period with Zoom participants.

-Fort Worth Botanic Garden in Fort Worth, Texas

-Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan

-Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida

-Taiyo-chan-en (Little Sun Garden) at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia

-The Karesansui Contemplation Garden in Oak Ridge TN

Veterans For Peace calls for the immediate withdrawal of the Minnesota National Guard. We are appalled to see military weapons, vehicles and equipment once again deployed in U.S. cities to control community members who are reacting to a long history of state-sanctioned violence.

Go to Our Virtual Tour of the Memorial Mile

Note this slideshow does not display well on a cell phone

These signs will be up along 8th Avenue this weekend

11th Annual Peace Poetry &
Peace Scholarships
Virtual Awards Ceremony |
Saturday May 16th

Videos of winning poets reading their Poems Peace Scholarship winner announcements:

2020 Peace Poetry and Peace Scholarship Award Ceremony
Peace Poetry 2020 Booklet

Peace Poetry Contest Resources:

Peace Scholarship Information:


Memorial Mile 2020 canceled

From Scott Camil and VFP Chapter 14:


Dear Friends,

We have decided to cancel the 2020 Memorial Day Weekend Memorial Mile Display because of the CoronaVirus.

Sherry and I have been in self Quarantine since March 13th and we are doing fine.

We know of no one in our VFP family, Sierra Club family, volleyball family, Charter Review family or political family that has the CoronaVirus.

We don’t know when the Coronavirus curve will start to dissipate.  We have many volunteers that are above age 60.
We can’t meet in person to get the preparation work done, and we can’t maintain social distancing while setting up the display.


Join us Every Tuesday to picket against War and Militarism

Picket against the war in Iran January 4th, 2020
photo by M.L. McGaughran  

Click Here to go to our Flickr album No War on Iran

Time: 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Location: Corner of 43rd Street and 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL Parking in the Millhopper Shopping Center

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