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Vigils to Honor 2,000 Killed in Iraq

On Wednesday evening, 1,354 candlelight vigils were held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to remember and honor our fallen soldiers and ask, "How many more?" It took 18 months to reach 1,000 dead, but just 14 months to reach 2,000. It's now been nearly two and a half years since President Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" and he still has no exit strategy. Last night, more than 100,000 people came together to show that Americans support the troops—and want them to come home. Share Your Experience »   Send Photos »   Report Local Media Coverage »

What Members Had to Say About the Vigils

At the end of the vigil, there were only 3 of us standing there, shivering in the cold. A woman came out of the pizza shop where she was working, looked at our signs, and then offered us some pizza. She said she had served in Iraq for 13 months, and that the military hadn't even provided them with basic essentials like soap and shampoo. She thanked us for the vigil.
  Burlington, VT

We were so fortunate to have a Gold Star family with us, and the mother spoke of her son and how proud she was of what he had accomplished in his life. She spoke of his honor and heroism - and how she felt compassion for the other 1999 families who had had the same experience they had had. She expressed the wish that all of the fallen be honored by remembering and supporting and honoring those in the military who continue to serve - remembering the risks they are taking to serve the rest of us. In addition, it was possible for the military families to explain about the isolation they feel and the public's apparent apathy over the war because it doesn't touch their lives on a day-to-day basis, and also gave them the chance to tell of instances of great character, courage, and compassion that they've witnessed in our servicemen and women.
  Urbana, IL

Ther is no question but that I would attend a vigil again and take my grandsons again. I do not want to see my boys or anyone's children become names on a list like the one which was read tonight. I would be interviewed by a television reporter again. I will continue to stand up and speak out. I will not go quietly. I will not back down. I will continue to set an example to my grandsons until our troops are safely home.
  Bakersfield, CA

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