Traveling Memorial Emphasizes
the Human Cost of War

Numerous people visited the memorial, including Mary Soher, OP

The front lawn of the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse resembled a makeshift Arlington National Cemetery during the early part of Holy Week. Rows of white wooden tombstones dotted the green grass, bearing the names of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly 2,700 tombstones were erected.

Durstyne Farnan, OP, Director of the Office of Global Mission, Justice and Peace, said the purpose of the memorial was to honor and remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives for causes they believe in, and to bring attention to the human cost of war. The memorial also was a stark reminder of the need to pray for peace in the world.

Sister Dusty worked with the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition to bring the traveling memorial to Adrian. She also organized a prayer service on Palm Sunday to remember the fallen soldiers.