Today, the number of United States service members killed in the war in Iraq reached 2,000. Tens of thousands more young Americans have been wounded, and it is estimated that more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from this unnecessary war.
It is important to remember that these fallen soldiers are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, family, friends, and neighbors. We can honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice by expressing our sorrow and demanding that our government level with us about how we can stop this senseless killing.
Vigils Are Planned
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), will be marking this milestone by launching “Not One More Death. Not One More Dollar,” co-sponsored by Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Military Families Speak Out. They are organizing events nationwide tomorrow evening ranging from candlelight vigils to public actions that illustrate the size of the death toll.
More info or to locate an AFSC event
If you are part of a faith tradition, please ask the leaders of your house of worship to participate in “Remembrance Weekend” on October 29 or 30. Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other houses of worship are being asked to join in this national observance by recognizing this tragic milestone during their worship service. A moment of silence, a prayer or the ringing of bells are among the many ways to participate. Join congregations around the country in this nationwide observance.
Interfaith resources for this weekends remembrance
From ActForChange & Michael Kieschnick, President Working Assets
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