Travels With A Peace Flag
Lou Pumphrey writes about his travels with a peace flag, in full dress uniform
A drafted Vietnam veteran (First Infantry Division, 1967-68), Pumphrey is a member of Chapter 39 of Veterans for Peace, based at a Cleveland Heights church. He lives in Shaker Heights.
I had a bit of an extraordinary experience last Saturday after standing behind the West Side Market in Cleveland with about a half-dozen like-minded friends. We are there every Saturday from 11 until noon, then go to the Koffie Cafe on nearby Market Street for lunch.
Before entering the cafe on Saturday I stood in front of its large window to furl my peace flag, deliberately taking my time so as to increase the chances that the folks inside the cafe will notice the flag and me wearing my 50-year-old army duds.