Mother of Slain Soldier to Speak Out at Rowan

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Celeste Zappala, mother of Sgt. Sherwood Baker, the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman casualty in Iraq, will share her story on Friday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. in Campbell Library at Rowan Universi

Celeste Zappala, mother of Sgt. Sherwood Baker, the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman casualty in Iraq, will share her story on Friday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. in Campbell Library at Rowan University.

Sgt. Baker was killed on April 26, 2004 in an explosion in Baghdad as he searched for weapons of mass destruction. Since then, Zappala has been on a mission to bring attention to what is happening with the war in Iraq.

A founding member of Gold Star Families Speak Out, an organization comprised of relatives that have lost a loved one in the Iraqi war, Zappala joined fellow activist Cindy Sheehan in camping outside of President Bush?s Crawford, Texas ranch.

Gold Star Families Speak Out works to end the war in Iraq by telling the stories of those who lost their lives there. As the organization?s website states, ?As long as we stick together, we can and will make a difference.?

The City Council of Philadelphia and the Women?s International League for Peace and Freedom have honored Zappala for her campaign to end the war in Iraq.

This event is free and open to the public.

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