Peaceful Silence comes to Midland's Tridge on Sunday

Posted by Denyse Shannon on

Sunday is Grandparent’s Day and one local activist wants the commemoration to also be a call for peace. For the sixth year, the Great Silent Grandmother’s Gathering for Peace will be held near the farmer’s market at the Tridge in Midland from 3 to 3:30 pm. Jeanne Lound-Shallor, who is part of the non-violence peace-force, says 30 minutes of silence on Sunday afternoon can send a powerful message…

Shallor says out of the silence people will get “that sense of the quietness and our wanting to have a more peaceful world. So it’s just that kind of a simple action that can give a simple message that we’re still committed to a more peaceful better world for everybody.”  

Shallor says the event is not just for grandparents, but for anyone and is a hope for peace both locally and in the greater world. Shallor, who along with her husband George ran the Helen Casey Center for Peace and Justice in Midland, says the half hour of silence is not a protest, but a positive action, which she hopes will get people thinking. Signs will be posted near the Tridge to let passers-by know about the silent observance. Shallor says oftentimes she’s seen bicyclists and families quiet themselves nearby to show their support. For more information contact Shaller at or call 989-832-7876.

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