Candle Light Vigil
to commemorate the 4-year anniversary of the Iraq war.
Macon, GA 31201
Monday, 19 March 2007, 7:30 PM
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Dozens gather in Macon for war vigil
By Tim Sturrock
TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER
A group of more than 70 people gathered Monday night in Macon, lit candles and had a moment of silence to observe the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War.
"We're here to honor the soldiers and mourn the dead and call for a quick end to this senseless war," said Lindsay Holliday, an organizer of the peace vigil on Coleman Hill. "We light these candles for peace."
Heads bowed as the demonstrators faced downtown Macon just after sundown.
Holliday said a group of about 15 people have held demonstrations every Friday afternoon since July in front of the post office on College Street, but there haven't been as many candlelight vigils.
Tina Cansler Clark, a chaplain for a Macon hospice, said she was disappointed there weren't more people at Monday's demonstration, which was organized through word of mouth. She said she hoped the vigil would encourage others to speak out.
"I really believe everything has a ripple effect," she said.
Clark said she felt grief Monday thinking about the day four years ago when people waited for bombs to start falling in Iraq.
Not everyone had their minds made up about whether the United States should pull out of Iraq.
Eric Newcomer, a junior at Central High School, said that though he thought the country shouldn't have invaded Iraq, complete withdrawal could cause more deaths if the country became more unstable. He said he wavers on the matter.
"If we break the bridge, we have to fix it. Are we fixing it by staying there?" he asked. Still, he said, "it's good to send as a country a message that we are for peace."
Rita Reed, 59, said she has several friends who support the war, and that the topic has been so heated that she avoided it with them.
Reed attended the vigil in part because she supports American troops, she said.
"I love America," she said. "That's why I'm here, and I feel
like we're in a useless war."
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United for Peace and
- Please join us -- Silent Peace Vigils on Friday Afternoons 5-5:30
- Rain or Shine, let your silence be heard!
- Pro-peace or Anti-war messages only, please.
- No personal nor political bashing.
- Join those who share your concerns and take a stand for your convictions.
- Signs are provided.
- Meet across the street from the Post Office on College Street in Macon, Georgia.
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