Rendering Honors


I realize that the community does not, as of yet, have adequate resources but I would like to raise the idea of a pet project that has been running around in my mind for months; I call it Rendering Honors.

Rendering Honors would be a documentary about the Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign and its multi-year campaign to have the Department of Veterans Affairs recognize the Pentacle and the ongoing saga of obtaining appropriate symbols for Druids and Heathers as well. I imagine this as a 48 minute documentary (1 hour on television on radio) examining not only the Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign but precursors such as the Isis Invicta Military Mission and the Military Pagan Networks efforts along with contemporary actions of the Lady Liberty League and The Aquarian Tabernacle Church.

The primary would be on the efforts of two widows, Rosemay Kooiman and Roberta Stewart, to have a headstone with a Pentacle placed in the name of their husbands. CPL Abraham Kooiman was a World War II infantryman who won the Bronze Star on his way from Normandy to Germany and who died peacefully in 2001. SGT Patrick Stewart was a helicopter crew chief whose Chinook helicopter was shot down over the mountains of Afghanistan in 2005.

I see a large part of the program being made up of interviews including those with Roberta Stewart and the children of Abraham and Rosemary Kooiman. Also included will be interviews with Selena Fox, Pete Pathfinder, and me, along with representatives of the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additional footage would include shots of some of the Pagan veterans headstones around the country, comments from Pagans currently serving in the military and with Pagan veterans and, very importantly, footage of various politicians attacking Pagans, Paganism and Pagan service in the military.

I see this project being produced jointly by the Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign, Pagan Veterans of the United States of America and private donors. Any person or group contributing $500 or more will be named in the credits, as will all of those who make major contributions in other ways.

Comments or suggestions???

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About paganveteran

National Coordinator of the Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign and current National Commander, Pagan Veterans of the United States of America. Author, writer, poet, speaker and general disturber of the peace.
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2 Responses to Rendering Honors

  1. mp says:

    To quote Rosemary: “Abe, my husband, died in 2002”.

    Not 2001.

  2. I am the man who filed Abe Kooiman’s wife, Rosemary’s request for the pentacle way back in 1998 or 1999, and had pursued the case w/VA for almost ten years. In the last year Circle sanctuary and got the Cporrelian nativist Tradition to also become a co-plaintiff. It took a long time, and Circle tended to hog the spotlight, as often happens, but none theless, we all managed to get the job done, even if not everyone was acknowledged who worked long & hard on the case. I very much favor a documentary. I am not certain if the Aquarian Tabernacle Church can contribute $500 because we are in the midst of a building program to add on to our church and costs keep escalating, but it is a reasonable possibility. Keep me advised. You may reach me at (360) 793-1945, or email at the above private address, or our public one which is Please advise what you will do.

    Pete Pathfinder Davis
    Archpriest, ATC
    a 33 year old, international tradition of Wicca with congregations across the US, Canada, Australis, New Zealand and Ireland (where we may be the first, last and only Wiccan tradition to be granted tax exempt church status by the government of Ireland. Waiting to hear from you.

    The Rt. Rev. P. C. Davis, Archpriest of the tradition

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