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Two Fresno vigils to commemorate war deaths in Iraq
by Mike Rhodes ( Mike Rhodes )
Wednesday Oct 26th, 2005 5:27 PM
Peace Fresno held two vigils today to call attention to the 2,000 U.S. soldiers who have been killed in Iraq. The photo below shows Scott Key reading the names of U.S, soldiers and current Peace Fresno president Lisa Solomon ringing the bell. Peace Fresno past President Dan Yaseen read the names of Iraqi’s killed in the war. The pictures below were taken at the 11:30 AM vigil held in front of the Fresno County Courthouse.
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Peace Fresno Press Release:

Two Fresno vigils to commemorate war deaths in Iraq

The Fresno peace group made famous by Michael Moore's box office hit documentary on the Iraq War, Fahrenheit 9-11, plans to call attention to the ongoing deaths in Iraq with a bell ringing ceremony at the M Street side of the Fresno County Courthouse beginning at 11:30 a.m. this Wednesday, October 26th.

Wednesday will mark a tragic milestone for the ongoing American occupation of Iraq in that it will represent passing a threshold of over 2,000 active combat deaths for members of the U.S. military.

Where anti-war and peace groups like Peace Fresno once represented a minority point of view, recent polls show that the large majority of Americans now favor immediate withdrawal of all or part of U.S, forces from combat in Iraq.

Peace Fresno plans to solemnly ring a bell once a minute100 times to commemorate all the deaths, including innocent Iraqi men, women, and children, which have been caused by the U.S. attack and occupation.

For those unable to gather for the midday event there will be a bell ringing and candle light vigil beginning at 5:30 PM and lasting until 7 PM at the Peace Corner of Blackstone and Shaw Avenues in Fresno.

The public is invited to join Peace Fresno in supporting this commemoration of all of the victims of the Iraq War.

Peace Fresno Contact information:

Lisa Solomon, President
(559) 441-1897
thirdgennajjar [at] yahoo.com

Jay Hubbell, Vice Chair, Public Relations
(559) 292-4905
jayhubbell [at] comcast.net

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§For Whom the Bell Tolls
by Mike Rhodes ( Mike Rhodes ) Wednesday Oct 26th, 2005 5:27 PM
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All photos by Mike Rhodes
§Dan Yaseen reads the names of Iraqi dead
by Mike Rhodes ( Mike Rhodes ) Wednesday Oct 26th, 2005 5:27 PM
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§Scott Key reads the names of U.S. war dead
by Mike Rhodes ( Mike Rhodes ) Wednesday Oct 26th, 2005 5:27 PM
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§Camille Russell rings the bell for the dead
by Mike Rhodes ( Mike Rhodes ) Wednesday Oct 26th, 2005 5:27 PM
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§Lisa Solomon Live Interview with ch 26
by Mike Rhodes ( Mike Rhodes ) Wednesday Oct 26th, 2005 5:27 PM
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Several local TV stations sent crews to cover the event, including Fox ch 26 who did a live broadcast on their morning news show.
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