Veterans for Peace (VFP) would appreciate your assistance in a critical initiative. This year’s Cleveland Air Show, to be held on Labor Day weekend, will include the “Virtual Army Experience.” Participants will sit in simulated Humvees and fire modified assault weapons at life-size people projected onto giant, wraparound screens. A recent Wall Street Journal article about the exhibit quoted a 13- year-old participant: “I like that I got to use a gun!” He didn’t add that he was shooting at people.
Veterans for Peace is asking the Army, organizers and sponsors to withdraw the VAE from a festival whose purpose is to showcase aircraft and the many facets of flight.
We have attached a flyer that lists our specific objections and tells you how you can assist our efforts. Would you please review it and consider making calls to the significant persons listed? And keep calling them? The Virtual Army Experience was withdrawn from a Milwaukee event after only 300 calls were made.
In addition, would you please email the flyer to your personal networks and share it with Your churches and religious leaders, neighborhood associations, teachers, attorneys and judges (particularly those in Juvenile Court), pediatricians, mental health professionals, classmates, and the media? Finally, please let us know what you think about our effort. If you have any suggestions, we would like to hear them. If we need more support later –may we contact you?
As a community we can make this happen! For the sake of those who are, today, experiencing the horrors of real war, we appreciate anything you can do to support us.