FreeThinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties will hold a Peace Vigil Sunday, December 31, at 3 p.m. at Patriot’s Park on Fort Campbell Blvd., in Clarksville
Just before Christmas, the number of soldiers killed in Iraq stood at 2950. In just a week that number has creeped up daily, hitting 2997 this morning. The “3000” number is another landmark number arriving just as we are about to usher in the New Year, and another year of combat on foreign soil that is claiming too many lives. The grim “3000” number hovers as we move into another year of failed Bush foreign policies, a growing insurgency in Iraq, and increasing American discontent with the war effort.
As 2006 draws to a close, the Vigil, which includes a prayer service and readings, acknowledges the Iraq War fatalities, which are edging close to the 3000 mark as the New Year approaches. That number does not include Afghanistan fatalities, or death incurred by military forces of other nations, nor does it reflect the tens of thousands of physical injuries and psychological trauma affecting U.S. troops in Iraq.
The public is welcome to attend this event.