Are you making plans to attend the National VFP Convention August 10-13 in Seattle? When planning your itinerary, please consider participating in one of these activities:
Gathering at the Canadian Border: Sunday morning, August 13, we will take chartered buses to Peace Arch Park at the U.S./Canada border – about a two hour ride. Here, we will gather and share lunch with U.S. war resisters now living in Canada. This will be a unique opportunity to network with those who had the courage to leave home and family in the U.S. and move to Canada rather than partake in wars they felt were illegal, immoral and/or based on corporate greed. There were an estimated 125,000 such war resisters during the Vietnam era.
The VFP-war resisters re-union will take place at Peace Arch Park, which is considered neutral ground between Canada and the United States.
VFP delegates will return to Seattle at approximately 4 p.m. For delegates wishing to stay one or two days after the convention, dorm rooms at the University of Washington Convention site will be available on a first-come-first served basis. If flying from Seattle Sunday evening, allow one hour to get to the airport, plus time to clear airport security.
Holland America Round Trip Cruise to Alaska: The second post-Convention activity features a memorable seven-day Holland American Cruise to Alaska and back. Special rates for VFP delegates are available for a short time period. The cruise ship MS Westerdam departs Seattle at 5 p.m. on Sunday destined for Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan and the breathtaking Hubbard Glacier. Also on the cruise itinerary is a port call to scenic and charming Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
When the cruise arrives in Juneau, Alaska VFP Chapter 100 members will roll out the red carpet for VFP guests, with a special dockside ceremony and the mayor declaring “Veterans For Peace Day” in Juneau.
The cruise arrives back in Seattle on Sunday, August 20 at 7 a.m.
Time is of the essence if you want to get on board with other VFP delegates for this Alaskan cruise. August is the peak of the Alaskan cruise season and cabins are booking rapidly. For more information go to the Convention website at: www.vfpnationalconvention.org and click on the cruise ship.