8/18/2005

MoveOn.org: Vigils to Support Cindy Sheehan

On Wednesday, August 17, hundreds of thousands of supporters gathered at 1,627 vigils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The vigils were the largest event we've organized. From Alaska to Florida, Maine to Mississippi, Oregon to South Carolina and New York to Texas — we gathered together to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Cindy Sheehan, her son, Casey and the more than 1,800 brave American men and women who have given their lives in Iraq—and their moms and families. Thank you so much for participating and making these vigils a success.

Here is what some people are saying about the vigils:

"Our candlelight vigil at Camp Casey was beautiful. There were hundreds of people here and we are hearing that hundreds of people were involved in vigils around the country. We at Camp Casey are so amazed and gratified that there were almost 1700 vigils around the country.”
-Cindy Sheehan, Crawford, Texas

“The best moment was when Gold Star Mother Diane Davis Santoriello, whose son Neil was killed in Iraq, spoke to the crowd before we started our vigil.” Michele F., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“For me the best moment was holding the candles high, and speaking with a mom whose son is in Iraq now. It was great to surround the family with support. It was great to be surrounded with sane, strong, committed people.” - Judi M. Harwinton, Connecticut

“The best moment was when the sun went down and hundreds of glowing Dixie Cup candles glowed softly as we sang "America the Beautiful." - Molly W., Lenexa, Kansas

“Being there with my wife and daughter was the most moving moment, sharing comments with another Vietnam era vet.” - Hank B., Wethersfield, Connecticut

“Melanie House (whose husband was killed in Iraq) organized our vigil. She spoke briefly about her grief and about her hope that other wives and families will be spared the disaster that has come to her. She is very brave to be speaking out and I am very moved by her courage.” - Delia R., Simi Valley, California

“At the end of the period of silence our host read an editorial from this Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer by Celeste and Dante Zapata about the loss of their son and brother, Sherwood Baker. It was a moving moment and certainly encapsulated the essence of our ‘not about politics, all about peace’ theme.” - Lisa L., Harleysville, Pennsylvania

“The most moving moment was when one of the military men in attendance read the names of the Michigan military deaths and included personal comments about each of the soldiers mentioned.” - Ann L., Howell, Michigan

“A little girl placing three American flags in front of the shrine of candles and signs.”- Michelle M., Manhattan Beach, California

“2-year old who said to me first thing ‘support our troops, bring them home.’”- Janet A., East Lansing, Michigan

“When the Vietnam Vet spoke. I had just met him and he was quite eloquent and to the point. It was very moving.” - Vivian G., Corpus Christi, Texas

“I met a woman with photos of family members serving in the miliary pinned to her shirt. ‘This is my brother and his son, both serving in this picture. The other is my sister's son, who's going back for a third time to Iraq.’” - Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill, Northfield, Minnesota

“One young woman, the mother of a 4 y/o, said that she was there to support Cindy, because she could not bear to think of losing her son, and Cindy was so brave to face the media. Choking back tears, she said she had to come because she heard one of the pundits call Cindy an opportunist, and "It made my stomach turn" to think that a mother who had lost her son in such a "war" could be called and opportunist.” - Marcia N., Oneida, New York

“The best moment was at the end of the vigil. We were in Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ. At the end, a person took their candle and placed it on a large rock. Candle by candle, a little alter was left for the evening. I taped my sign that had Cindy's quote regarding no other mothers losing their sons on the rock. It was moving.” - Lori S., Hopewell, New Jersey

http://www.political.moveon.org/cindyvigils/pics.html

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