Monday, June 11, 2007

3,500 + 65,000

Today the Erie Peace Initiative is organizing a public gathering marking the 3,500 deaths of American military men/women in the Iraq war. The silent vigil will be held between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of I-79 and Frontier Park, a busy corner in west Erie. Thousands of peace cranes, made for the 2,500th commemoration, will be on display and 171 gold star flags will be held, in honor of the 171 Pennsylvanians who have died. Benedictines for Peace is a member of this local coalition and many community members plan to participate.
The website estimates that between 65,000 and 71,000 Iraqi civilians have died in this war also. I wonder who is standing vigil for them today.