A prayer vigil will take place on Tuesday, June 20 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the grave of Ben Salmon at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, IL. Salmon was a World War I conscientious objector whose activity in opposition to the war and the “Just War Theory” landed him in military prison, where he suffered torture and emotional abuse during his 2 ½ years in military prison and 4 ½ months in solitary confinement at Fort Leavenworth. Salmon died prematurely in 1932 at the age of 43. Mount Carmel Cemetery is located at 1400 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL 60162
He was one of four Catholic conscientious objectors to the so-called “War to End All Wars” and was identified by Dorothy day a “one of the unsung heroes of the World War.”
A parallel event and inspiration for the Ben Salmon prayer vigil is on June 20 where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit “in a private and non-official capacity” two Italian cities where he will pray at the tombs of two Italian 20th century priests, Fr. Primo Mazzolari and Fr. Lorenzo Milani, who were ostracized by church leaders partly due to their support for pacifism and conscientious objection. For more on the pope’s visit, go to:
For the Ben Salmon website, go to: www.bensalmon.org.
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