Peace Starts With Me: Healing America On Veterans Day

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On Nov. 12, join Americans everywhere to honor of the men and women of every creed and color who sacrificed and gave so much for the sake of this nation and to the cause of freedom around the world. Four worthy veterans organizations will be given a donation of $13,000 each at Peace Starts With Me: Healing America, a rally to be held at the NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

If you are a veteran or have a family member who was a veteran or simply care about veterans, you are invited to the event. Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com for tickets. 

The Peace Starts With Me rally is back by popular demand! First held at Madison Square Garden in 2017, the rally united thousands of people from a wide variety of national, racial, and religious backgrounds. Nov. 12 promises to be even bigger, featuring Grammy Award-winner Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Grammy Award-winner and Gospel and R&B singer Yolanda Adams, prolific worship leader Israel Houghton and contemporary Christian rock band Citizen Way. The combination of these artists will lift us out of our seats all afternoon.

Emmy Award-winning director and producer A. Curtis Farrow, known for breaking the world record for the largest gospel choir at 1,175 voices, surpassed his record at Madison Square Garden with 3,000 voices. On Nov. 12, he will do something that nobody else in America has ever done before, by bringing the rafters down in the glory of God with a 5,000 Voice Choir!

“This Nov. 12t will never be the same as the Holy Spirit will be in control!” said Farrow. It’s not too late to join the choir and make history. Go to peacestartswithmechoir.com or call 973-643-6262.

The event promises to be a soul-shaking display of the Holy Spirit in action. There will be an inspirational message by Bishop Noel Jones, Senior Pastor of the City of Refuge Church, a megachurch with a membership of more than 20,000. The highlight of the rally will be the keynote message by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, cofounder of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) International, who is known around the world as the “Mother of Peace.”

Doors will open at 2 p.m. with a pre-show at 2:45 p.m. The main program will begin at 3 p.m. 

Tickets are on sale now!Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

About The Artists

HEZEKIAH WALKER

Hezekiah Walker has two Grammy Awards, as well as numerous Stellar, Dove, Vision, Soul Train and Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) Awards. Walker is not a man who lives by the odds. He has made a life, and a preeminent career and ministry, by defying them. After founding the Love Fellowship Tabernacle in his native Brooklyn, Walker continues to be active through its thriving Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir (LTFC). Over the years, many songs by Hezekiah Walker and the LFTC have become nothing short of anthems for the young gospel church, among them “Clean Inside,” “Jesus Is My Help,” “Wonderful Is Your Name,” “Power Belongs to God,” “Let’s Dance,” “Every Praise” and “Souled Out.”

YOLANDA ADAMS

After twelve albums, five Grammys and multiple performances for several U.S. presidents, Yolanda Adams continues to wow audiences all over the world. Ever since her 1988 debut album, “Just As I Am,” Adams has been renowned for pioneering the blend of modern gospel music infused with soul and jazz. For decades, she has empowered fans through her inspirational and contemporary music.

ISRAEL HOUGHTON

Israel Houghton is a prolific worship leader, musician, songwriter, producer and recording artist.  His music ministry has spanned 25 years, during which he’s contributed to 50 albums as an artist or producer, won 20 music awards, and earned countless accolades to his name. Houghton was the former worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. Expanding his brand, Houghton has recently embarked into film and television projects, producing and writing music for various films and TV shows.

CITIZEN WAY

From their beginnings in Chicago of 2004, to becoming a voice of hope heard throughout the world, the mission of Citizen Way’s lead singer Ben Calhoun, drummer David Blascoe and guitarist Daniel Olsson has never wavered. The members of Citizen Way consider themselves “musicianaries,” or musicians with a missionary-like calling. “It’s not just music for music’s sake; it’s music with a message,” Blascoe said.

BISHOP NOEL JONES

For nearly 40 years, Bishop Noel Jones has challenged us through his messages. A theologian and scholar who has been labeled “eclectic, a maverick, and a preacher’s preacher,” he is known for thinking outside the box and forcing us to think beyond traditional views of God and spirituality. Never being one to shy away from controversy, his propensity to be transparent has often forced us to confront the trepidations and apprehensions of our own lives. He pastors The City of Refuge, with a membership of 20,000, that has integrated programs that speak to the needs of people in all walks of life. Bishop Jones can currently be seen on The Word Channel on Sunday evenings.

HAK JA HAN MOON

Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon began her public activities for world peace in 1992 when she founded Women’s Federation for World Peace. Since her husband’s passing, she leads the worldwide ministry of the Unification movement, and her priorities include the education of young people, challenges facing the environment and human disasters such as the growing refugee crisis. She is the founder of the prestigious Sunhak Peace Prize, which honors exceptional men and women working to solve these problems. Last year alone she spoke at rallies of over 10,000 people all over the world, including Seoul, Tokyo, Vienna, and Dakar. On Nov. 12, she returns to New York with a message of hope, renewal and blessings for all Americans.

CURTIS FARROW

A choir director since the age of nine, Farrow was named as one of the most influential men in Gospel music. In 2014, Farrow fulfilled a long-time dream to break the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Gospel Choir by organizing and leading 1171 voices. 2017 found Farrow repeating this feat on an even grander scale, amassing a 3000 Voice Choir for Peace at Madison Square Garden.

For the nineteenth year Farrow brought his directing and producing talents to make McDonald’s Gospelfest 2018 the most successful and well attended gospel event ever and has received 14 Emmy nominations, won two Emmy Awards for producing the McDonald’s Gospelfest television specials for the past nineteen years. Farrow was responsible for the organization, planning and execution of the home going services for the Late Whitney Houston, and in August produced and managed the Homegoing Services of the Queen, Aretha Franklin in Detroit, watched by millions around the world.

In honor of veterans, cosponsors Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) and the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) will donate $13,000 to each of these worthy organizations: 

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Department of New York, a national nonprofit that provides a wide range of assistance programs aimed at helping veterans of every generation
  • Black Veterans For Social Justice, a nonprofit that assists military personnel in making a smooth transition from active duty to civilian life
  • Headstrong, a nonprofit in the NY area that offers free mental health services for post-9/11 military veterans
  • Union Cyber, a national nonprofit network for veterans that prepares men and women for careers in cybersecurity

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