Tom Morello will headline the concert portion of “A Tribute to Tomas Young,” an event celebrating the life of the paralyzed Iraq veteran and anti-war activist at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet in Young’s hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, on May 19th.
Tickets are now on sale at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet Box Office and online. In addition to Morello’s performance, the event will also include an appearance from Phil Donahue, who co-directed with Ellen Spiro the 2007 documentary about Young, Body of War. The film follows Young after he returns from Iraq, where he was paralyzed from the chest down after being shot below the collarbone less than one week after being deployed.
“Paralyzed veteran and anti-war crusader Tomas Young is an inspiration – a war hero turned peace hero,” Morello said in a statement. “From his wheelchair his voice thunders louder for peace and justice than 1,000 exploding drones.”
Young has planned to end his life in May by removing the feeding tube he has been using since his colon was removed last November. In a recent open letter to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on the 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq, Young wrote: “I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.”