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Vets join priest to fight violence

May 19, 2009 8:28:23 PM PDT
Veterans of several different wars joined together to support a Chicago pastor in his battle against gun violence.The veterans prayed with Fr. Michael Pfleger outside St. Sabina church on Tuesday night.

Some veterans have criticized Fr. Pfleger for turning the church's flag upside down as a sign of distress. But those who came out on Tuesday night say something must be done to draw attention to the escalating violence. They include a Vietnam veteran who lost three young relatives, including a nephew killed just weeks after getting out of the army.

"I didn't know I had to fight two wars," said Claude Hilliard, Vietnam veteran.

Fr. Pfleger says he will right the flag for Memorial Day, then turn it upside down again afterward.

Pfleger also says someone has been using his name on a fake email account to send vulgar emails regarding his latest protest. He's asked the attorney general's office to investigate.


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