Thanksgiving 2005 outside of the Bush vacation ranch near Crawford, Texas with Cindy Sheehan.
Daily reports and photos to come . . .


Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Crawford Gold Star Moms Respond to President Bush

Dear Mr. President,

We respect the opportunity given to a selected group of military families to speak with you. As Gold Star moms and military families, we’ve been anxious to have the same opportunity to speak with you for just an hour out of your five week vacation here in Crawford.

We heard you say you want to get on with your life, but with all due respect, getting on with our lives isn’t an option. Many of our families have paid the ultimate price for your administration’s lies leading up to the war in Iraq. For the rest of us, every day brings new fears that our loved ones will be wounded, psychologically damaged or killed. We all deserve answers. Harm, danger, death and grief entered our living rooms the moment you went to war with a country that posed no threat to America and had nothing to do with the war on terrorism. You may think not all military families are like Cindy Sheehan. But Cindy Sheehan is not alone. We all stand by her side outside your ranch. We are joined by thousands of other military families across the country. And thousands more Americans held vigils last week to show their support for us.

We still need answers and wait patiently outside your vacation ranch to ask you what noble cause our sons and daughters fight and die for? Too many of our loved ones have already paid the ultimate price. For those of us with loved ones deployed or about to deploy, every day threatens to transform us from a military family to a Gold Star family. You put our troops in harm’s way based on a lie. We are military families who demand and end to the lies, and call for you to bring our troops home now.


Celeste Zappala, on behalf of Gold Star Moms for Peace

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