Veteransfor Peace vigil planned Monday

Published on Thu, May 25, 2006 by ara Nelson

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Veterans for Peace vigil planned Monday

By Tara Nelson

The Olympia, Seattle and Bellingham/Whatcom County chapters of the Veterans for Peace (VFP) have scheduled a memorial exhibit Monday, May 22 at Peace Arch State Park for the men and women who have died in the Iraq war.

Last year, the organization planted 1,600 memorial markers, which covered the entire lawn of the American side of the Peace Arch. James Gillies, a volunteer and co-founder of the Bellingham/Whatcom County chapter, said the group will plant 2,500 – almost twice as many markers as last year – to commemorate the increased casualties in the war.

The event will also acknowledge those Iraqis killed in the war.

“Even though this is an American vigil, we’re all veterans,” Gillies said, adding that he hopes the war will be over before next year’s Memorial Day weekend. “Hopefully we won’t have to do another.”
The markers will be on display from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A service including a speaker, bagpiper and bugle player, is scheduled from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Refreshments and beverages will be provided. Parking is free.