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

 

Thursday, August 18, 2005

 

Strength in numbers

While we were keeping vigil here in Crawford, 103,000 of you were lighting candles in over 1,600 locations across the United States. Move On is collecting pictures from the nation-wide vigils-- you can add your own by e-mailing vigilphotos@moveon.org. They ask that you include the city, state, and any other details in the body of the e-mail.

Our vigil was, despite intense media presence, incredibly moving. It began with Iraq war veterans Hart Viges and Charlie Anderson flanking a flag-draped coffin, standing at attention, while fellow Iraq vet Aidan Gonzalez spoke about the cost of war: "Whether we win or lose the war, the loss will still be measured in the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis." As a group of supporters began to sing, we lit our candles and started to walk in a procession around the triangular piece of land bordering the camp. Cindy remained by the coffin, holding Hart's hand in her's. When she spoke later at the vigil she said, crying, "When I was walking holding Hart's hand, I pretended that it was my son's hand. But I'll never get to hold Casey's hand again."

The vigil was very emotional for all of us. Being here at Camp Casey is thrilling, because we know we are acting to end the illegal war in Iraq. But it is also draining-- the heat, the pressure of organizing the hundreds of people who come here every day, and above all, the stories of loss that come from military families and vets, can sometimes combine to push us to our limits. That's why it's so important for us to know that outside of our little world that is Crawford, TX, millions of other Americans and people around the world are supporting our efforts through their thoughts, prayers, donations of money and supplies, and pledges to travel down here.




Photo by Emily Sharpe, copyright 2005.

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