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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

“Well, more and more people kept showing up, and that was the best part.  To know that you are not alone, and that there are others in your own community who are so supportive of Cindy Sheehan, and finding a new way.” - Kate M., Scappoose, Oregon

“The fact that this was the middle of the week and busy working people made time to come light a candle was, for me, the most moving part of this. People are just sick and tired of this war.  We want/need to be heard.” - Victoria K., Long Island City, New York

“It was great how quickly 200 people could be assembled on a corner with signs and slogans.  Also, hearing about the hundreds of planned vigils on NPR.  Good to hear it reported.” - Susan L., Westlake, Ohio

“The best moment was when I arrived, at 7:35 PM.  There was 10-fold the number of "vigilists" I expected.  Early indicators were there would be 10-15; there were about 150 people there.” - Gordon B., Lake Oswego, Oregon

“The best moment was probably the half hour after the vigil ended with the tolling of the old church bell in the steeple. A few people left, but most stayed, talking in small groups, not wanting to give up the feelings of friendship, common purpose and hope they found there.” - Caroline A., Kent, Ohio

“At the conclusion of the vigil, the coordinator introduced herself and asked for a minute of silence to remember all of our fallen soldiers. It was a dignified, respectful gathering.” - Elizabeth S., Westfield, New Jersey

“The best moment was when 6-8 veterans—asked to step forward—came to the center of the circle.” - Robert G., Reno, Nevada

“The best moment was when people honked in support as they drove by.” - Johanna S., Salisbury Mills, New York

“Singing Amazing Grace at the end of the vigil.” - Susan S., Odessa, Florida

“Singing peace songs with the crowd.” - D. B., Cary, North Carolina

“The most poignant moment came from a man who was a stranger to us and from a nearby town. He shared that his daughter died in a car accident last week. He said he understood the pain of those families who lost loved ones in Iraq and wanted to come to support them as he was grieving.” -Carol M., Housatonic, Massachusetts

“When a car pulled up with a little girl about 9 yrs. old in it who had begged her Mom to stop & she said "I know how you feel... my cousin is over there." & next thing you know she was out of the car and grabbing a candle. She had seen my sign with my nephew's picure on it with his baby... my nephew is on his way to Iraq in a couple of weeks.” - Maure C., Turners Falls, Massachusetts

“The best moment was when I realized that any one of the people at the vigil could have hosted the event. I didn't have to do or be anything extra special to help set it in place. I feel there is a shift in how people are showing up that is very powerful.” - Christina C., Shokan, New York

“The media was there waiting for us.  We had AP, WLS, Telemundo/WMAQ, The Tribune and neighborhood newspaper, Gazette.”- Teri G., Chicago, Illinois

“The best moment for me was when 7:30 came I was busy setting up more candles in containers near the road, fixing battery operated candles for the children and then pulling out candles and more candles, and then more candles. When I turned around there were people lined up all along the green, down the whole block.  I was stunned. A few hardy souls have come to that corner over the last three years to vigil.  Sometimes I was the only one.  But this was amazing.  Part of me wanted to hug each one, and part of me wanted to shout: what took you so long?!” - Kim N., Wayland, Massachusetts

“Two or three Vietnam veterans happened upon our vigil and join in with love, tears and peace in their hearts. They were very grateful.  A mom whose son is leaving in 5 weeks for Iraq was there and was comforted by all the love and connections. A young woman put a photo of here brother in Iraq on our small altar.” - Katherine S., Lake Worth, Florida

“The best moment was arriving at our designated spot and slowly seeing the numbers creep up from 10 people to 15, then 25, then 30, then 40...it kept growing until we had close to 100 people.  We made a long single-file line, each person holding a candle, along an entire block so that people driving up the street could see us for a long time.  It seemed to be better than clumping around.  Lots of honking horns and waving hands in support.  People decided to go to a second vigil on the other side of town that was organized at the last minute, so it continued after the scheduled 8:15 finish.” - Julie W., Petaluma, California

“Being a new resident of a conservative FL city I was concerned that the turnout might be miniscule; tears came to my eyes when I arrived and saw a significant number of participants with candles and signs lining the street!” - Leah F., Lakeland, Florida

"Best moment came when we were gathering around the granite monument at the Milford, NH Oval and saw engraved on the granite stone the words honoring a mother grieving for the sons!” - Nancy W., Amherst, New Hampshire

Waco Tribune Ad to Support Cindy

To add to the pressure on President Bush to meet with Cindy, MoveOn.org Political Action ran a two-page ad that in the Waco Tribune the same day as the vigils. In less than 48 hours, more than 250,000 MoveOn members sent words of encouragement to Cindy and many of their comments were included in the ad. Click below to view the ad:

Placards:

You can continue to show your support for Cindy and her cause by putting the placards in your window. Just click the image to download it. The placards require Acrobat Reader.

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