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Peace rally planned

bringthemhome.gifThe FreeThinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties will sponsor a Peace Vigil on Sunday, May 27, from noon to 4 p.m. at Patriot’s Park on Fort Campbell Bvld. in Clarksville.

This peaceful event will include a prayer service, spiritual readings, music, guest speakers, and a reading of the names of Kentucky and Tennessee soldiers killed in the Iraq conflict. The public is welcome to attend.

While many of us oppose the War in Iraq, we join with Americans on both sides of the debate in sharing the same concerns for the men and women on the front lines, our soldiers serving overseas and those about to be deployed. We support our troops (that message seems universal) but not the flawed policies and politicians that have immersed them in this escalating conflict.

As this Memorial Day approaches, fatalities in Iraq are escalating rapidly and another landmark number, 3500, is quickly approaching. That number does not include fatalities in Afghanistan, or the civilian death toll in either country. At home, many returning troops and their families face both physical and psychological difficulties from extended (and multiple) deployments.

MSNBC ran a “Live Poll” Tuesday (5/22/07) which, as of 11 p.m. that evening, had 400,000 respondents. Of that number, 88% support a policy change to end the Iraq conflict along with a belief that the President had committed impeachable offenses on the road to war. Those offenses can be measured in lives lost and families torn apart by stress and grief.

Join us in our peaceful efforts to honor those who serve and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Join us as we ask the leaders of our country to end the insanity and bring our soldiers home. Alive.


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