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Working for peace: Pax documentary premieres on Hallmark


Walter Daggett, right, now of Bridgewater, Va., works on a stairway in the Karlsschule, Austria, school building, with an unidentified volunteer. Daggett appears in the Pax Service documentary.

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November 7, 2008
- Melodie Davis

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The story of Pax, an Anabaptist-based service program which ran from 1951 to 1975, will premiere on Hallmark Channel November 23 (7 a.m. ET/PT, 6 a.m. CT/MT).

The hour-long Pax Service: An Alternative to War documentary produced by Mennonite Media is about the 1,200 young volunteers who did relief and development work in 40 countries around the world, many paying their own way. Some Mennonite Pax volunteers now live in Canada.

Pax Service began as a way to address the housing crisis in Europe after the destruction of World War II. The program was one of the alternative service programs available to conscientious objectors after the U.S. began a military draft in 1950. The draft continued from the Korean War through subsequent Cold War and Vietnam War eras.