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Of NORMAN MORRISON Thirty years ago a Baltimore Quaker set himself on fire to protest the war in Vietnam. Did it make a difference?

THE SACRIFICE

July 30, 1995|By Alice Steinbach | Alice Steinbach,Sun Staff Writer

"Norman was fighting his own war, for all of our countries and yet not fully recognized for doing just this. . . . He fully deserves our love, respect and compassion, as we remember and go forth. I think he might be happy if we just tried to love each other a little more, all of us."

A sampling of letters received by the Morrison family after Norman's death.

FROM HENRY WEAVER IN WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.:

"I am a U.S. Marine Reservist and may well someday be called to fight in Vietnam. I will go and I will fight, but my heart will contain many of the thoughts and feelings that Norman was so very concerned with."

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FROM ERNO KERTESZ IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY:

"Our little country stands in awe before the heroic self-sacrifice of your husband. May the thought console you that his deed has awakened the conscience of hundreds of thousands of indifferent people and set them to work actively for peace."

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FROM DAVID TODD IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS:

"We all of us have to make these difficult choices of responsibility in life -- and I for one would like to feel that all those who cared for people as much as Mr. Morrison did will remember his sacrifice by helping his family. I enclose $10 to add to the contributions that will doubtless be coming in. I have five children of my own -- but now I feel I have eight."

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AND FROM RENA W. HANCOX IN TROY, N.Y., CAME THIS LETTER ADDRESSED TO 11-MONTH-OLD EMILY:

"I believe that your father loved you dearly to share with you his ultimate service to his fellows, whom he also loved. . . . By holding you, he made his point; by dropping you he spared a life to continue, carrying his name, to work for peace. Honor his acts and love his memory. No medals for Norman Morrison could reward his death as you can, living."

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