On Sunday, Nov. 7, the Peace Walk, organized by Maine Veterans for Peace, arrived in Rockland. Around 3:15 p.m., peace walkers en route from Belfast met local citizens across from the Glen Cove Rest Area and walked from there to the First Universalist Church at 345 Broadway.

At the church, there will be a public potluck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a program that will feature speakers, musicians and entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.

As a prelude to welcoming the peace walkers, the First Universalist Church invited individuals to a peace service from 10 to 11 a.m. There was music, including the women of the choir singing the Iraqi Peace Song with cello and drum.

On Monday at 9 a.m., a press conference and a send off will be held at the church.

Support for the Rockland segment of the walk was organized by the Midcoast Peace and Justice Group.

The segment of the walk is part of a peace walk through the state called the Maine Walk for Peace, Human Needs and Veterans Care, which takes place from Nov. 2 to Nov. 11. The walk passes through 43 towns where approximately 280,000 people live.

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have cost the people of these 43 Maine towns approximately $640 million over the past nine years. Since 2001 the citizens of Maine have paid more than $2.94 billion for war.

The peace walk will ask Maine citizens to imagine how those funds could have been used across the state for education, health care, job creation, fixing roads and bridges, and more.

The walk began in Farmington Nov. 2.