Skip to comments.Vigil For The 2,000
Posted on 10/27/2005 3:00:15 PM PDT by Tamar1973
Michael D. Acklin III was among them. The 25-year-old Louisville, Ky., man had hoped to attend Bible college and join the ministry after the war in Iraq.
So, too, was Keith Mariotti, 39, a Plattsburgh, N.Y., man who "ate, slept and breathed" aircraft and flying from boyhood to his June death in a helicopter crash.
There was Joshua Marcun, 33, of Evening Shade, Ark,. a father of five who always had a ready joke, and Roberto Abad, 22, of Bell Gardens, who fathered a child before his second deployment to the war zone, "in case he never came back."
They are a few of the now 2,001 Americans killed since the March 2003 invasion; they along with four more familiar names: Joshua Kynoch, Timothy Shea, Michael Ottolini and Patrick O'Day, all residents of Sonoma County.
In honor of the fallen - and to call for an end to the conflict that took their lives - about 180 people gathered Wednesday night in downtown Santa Rosa for a candlelight vigil and period of reflection on the losses.
Stretched along both sides of Mendocino Avenue between Third and Fourth streets, they held up signs with stories and pictures of the dead, strung together to mark the somber milestone just passed.
"It brings home the fact that these are individual lives that have been lost," 70-year-old Healdsburg Peace Project organizer Gary Goss said of the stories and photos on display.
Interspersed were 20 photographs of Iraqi civilians, each representing some of that country's war dead, estimated by the British medical journal The Lancet at 100,000 since the war began.
Looking around at those gathered in the flickering candlelight, Rebel Fagin of Healdsburg described them as "the people who love America, and who come out and say, 'This invasion must stop, and it must stop about 2,000 deaths ago.'"
The 90-minute vigil was one of 1,354 scheduled around the nation marking the fact that U.S. losses in the Iraq war have reached and, now, surpassed 2,000, according to the Associated Press.
Susan Lamont, an organizer for the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, said assembling profiles of 500 of the slain soldiers allowed her a glimpse of the many viewpoints their deaths brought to light: survivors angered by loved ones lost and others proud of their fallen "heroes"; soldiers "who did not believe in what they were doing and . .. soldiers who lived for the day they would go out and fight."
Santa Rosa resident Stephen Berry said knowing that their numbers have swelled to 2,000 "is like a wake-up call."
"And there doesn't seem to be any end to it," he said.
While many motorists honked as they passed, apparently in support of the few placards carrying slogans like "2,000 too many," one man opened his window long enough to shout, "I don't even want to look at you people."
Maija Elina of Santa Rosa furrowed her brow.
"Knowing what this is for," she said, "how can you possibly be against it?"
These people sicken me. None of their "vigil" is about the soldiers being killed. It is about how to turn American men and women fighting and dying for a cause they believed in into making America surrender to Islamic terrorism. If they succeed in getting America out of Iraq before the job is finished, when (not if, when) the terrorists hit us like they've done to other countries that capitulated and pulled out, I hope they take out these cowardly, hand wringing, molly coddled, bed wetting protesters.
They had a 'Vigil' here in bakersfield and 40 people and the media showed up. The news reporter kept saying its not polital, yet they showed someone reading the names of the dead who was wearing a "He's not my president" t-shirt.
They aren't important. It's their own fault. Don't you know everything is America's fault?!(/sarcasm)
What I really enjoy is the fact that if you hold a vigil for the 40 million dead children (as a result of abortion), you are being divisive, and demeaning, and trying to subjugate women and take away their right to choose. But, if you hold a politically motivated (i.e., stand around and bash W) vigil for fallen soldiers, you are respecting them, and honoring them, etc.
No one said you had to read the article, ;-). Hope you replace it with one of those ergonomically correct keyboards.