Former Iraq Diplomat Speaks in Weathersfield Vermont

Chester Vermont resident, U.S. diplomat L. Paul Bremer, 72, spoke to a packed room at the Weathersfield Meeting House in Weathersfield Saturday evening. The second annual "A Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors" was hosted by the Weathersfield Proctor Library's Fundraising Committee. The evening was one of many fundraisers held by the group hoping to fund a $1.1 million expansion project to the 1902 library in Ascutney Vt.

Bremer's one-hour talk entitled "Is America Still An Indispensable Nation?" focused on what he says is the need for the United States to increase its influence around the world, especially in the Middle East.

After the talk, Bremer hosted a question and answer session. Weathersfield resident, Martha Hennessey read a letter about the events following the US Invasion of Iraq. Bremer calmly responded and continued to take questions. Hennessey left the room and quietly returned with a sign and stood next to Bremer, the sign read "Paul Bremer unindicted war criminal." She was joined by sisters Margaret and Lauren Bogosian.
Bremer took a few more questions and the evening concluded with folks enjoying a variety of desserts generously donated by area residents.

About 70 people attended and as of Saturday evening about $1500 was raised through donations at the door or from the silent auction.

More images from the evening:

A Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors
With Special Guest Ambassador Paul Bremer
Weathersfield Center Meeting House
Weathersfield VT July 12, 2014
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