From the open publishing newswire: Jim Jeffrey spoke last at the Southern Oregon Peace rally. The media had gone home, visibly I saw the local three network TV crews set up, shoot, fold up and then split... But, our labor video camera kept rolling! Here is Jim Jeffrey's speech. He said some very powerful words. He spoke from the heart. Jim's Speech on TV: Feb. 19, 21, 26; 6 PM, on cable channel 31, Rogue Valley Community Television, right here in Southern Oregon. |
Hello! I know you're cold, and your feet are cold. Can you take five minutes, or not? Well, this is the first time I've worn my Purple Heart, and this is the first time that I've spoken in public. They asked me to speak and I was terrified. But the time has come for all of us to face and overcome our fears. I have a written text so that I can stay on track and I'll talk fast. I know that I do not need to tell you how horrible war is so that you will oppose it. Some of you have served, some have lost relatives or friends, true books about war have been written, and films of actual war have been made. But the present reason why I do not have to get you to oppose war is that we here today are helping to make history by working to prevent a war from starting. This is a dramatic and wonderful change.
After World War II people would ask me to tell them "war stories", and at first I enjoyed being the big hero. But I soon realized that they only wanted to be entertained, and were not really getting the message. Eventually I was told that the war was over and that I should forget about it and get on with my life. But I could not forget it, and the only way I could get on with my life was to work to prevent war. To show why, I will have to revert to telling a war story ...
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