About three dozen people gathered in Mill Creek Park as dusk fell, lining the street as a peaceful reminder that the war continues and Americans and Iraqis are still dying there.
As dusk gave way to darkness, we lit candles and shared in reading the names of every American soldier who had died in Iraq – 4,260 names, each one an individual and part of a family. My wife compared it to saying the rosary, which I haven’t done in many (many) years, but she was right. There was an almost mystical effect to it. One’s imagination raced as each name acquired personhood. Our son served in the Army and did tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, so we felt a special affinity for the families of these service men and women.
Here are some images from the event:
Bobby Wright, Jennifer Palmer, and Steve Sheridan.
Attorney and PeaceWorks board member Henry Stoever.
A digitally-challenged peace activist has trouble waving the peace sign.
Candlelight photo by Anne Pritchett