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FSU Presents “Losing a Son in Iraq: A Story of Betrayal and Faithfulness”

Frostburg State University and United Campus Ministry will present an all-campus event, “Losing a Son in Iraq: A Story of Betrayal and Faithfulness,” on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., the Lane University Center room 201. This event is free and open to the public.

Celeste Zappala, a Gold Star mother from Philadelphia, will share the poignant account of her son, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, who was killed in an explosion in Baghdad. Sgt. Baker became the first member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to die in combat since 1945. He left behind a wife and young son.

Zappala is a member of Military Families Speak Out and a founding member of Gold Star Families Speak Out. She has been active in civic and community causes for over 20 years, including assisting refugees from Central America in the Sanctuary Movement, participating in the network for homeless families of the Northwest, fostering children in need and working on the National Council of Churches.

Since the death of her son, she and her family have written many articles, given speeches in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and have given countless interviews. In March 2006, she was a featured speaker at the International Peace Conference in Istanbul.

For additional information, contact the Rev. Larry Neumark at 301-687-7490.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589