I was delightfully surprised to see this US Catholic article pop up in my Twitter feed. I know, and probably many of you know, the two people featured in this article. I worked with Betsy at Community Medical Center in Missoula. I can’t quite remember her position there, but we would occasionally share conversation during a break or lunch. I also knew Dan from Christ the King parish in Missoula. He was in the choir during the time I was there. My husband also worked with him at the University of Montana. Both were fine folks to get to know….reyanna
By John Rosengren February 16, 2017 US Catholic on-line
When Betsy Mulligan-Dague went to her first Veterans Day remembrance ceremony in Missoula, Montana in 2005, she worried that if the veterans recognized her as the executive director of the local Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, they might regard her as the enemy.
She was right. Dan Gallagher did.
The Vietnam vet leading the ceremony had returned from his 13-month tour as a demolitions specialist on December 9, 1967, only to be confronted by an anti-war demonstration at the front gate of Fort McChord. One protestor in particular had caught his eye: a pretty woman with long blonde hair, about his age, 20. She’d brandished a sign written in red paint like dripping blood: “Baby Killer.” “I saw more hate in her eyes than I had seen in the eyes of the Viet Cong,” Gallagher says.
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