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


Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Crosses removed

This morning the white crosses gracing the front of the massive Camp Casey II tent were ceremoniously removed, with the deconstruction of the encampments to follow throughout the day and into Wednesday. First the thousands of roses, and dozens of boots, were removed from the crosses. People then filed around the parameter of the crosses, removing a single cross each time, and then delivering it to one of the Iraq veterans who then packed it for transport.

Photo: Gold Star father for peace Bill Mitchell hands his son's cross to an Iraq veteran. Another Gold Star father, Steve DeFord, waits to do the same.

Photo by Jeff Paterson. Copywrite 2005. More photos from Monday and Tuesday are available here.


Taps played for the last time

Last night Marine LCpl Jeff Key played taps for the final time at Camp Casey. This time folks gathered at the original Camp Casey, were Cindy held vigil for the first two weeks after arriving in Crawford. In recent days, a small encampment of "stay the course" folks had taken shape across from Camp Casey I. In what was a very moving moment for many involved, a few of our cross-road neighbors came over to take part in the candle lighting ceremony. One of the those that crossed the road was a Gold Star father who brought a flag which he designed in honor of this son, "Lest they be forgotten."

Photo by Jeff Paterson. Copywrite 2005.

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