Cindy Sheehan, Iraq war veterans and other military families will hold a rally today in Crawford, asking President Bush, "How many more of our sons and daughters will you sacrifice for your war in Iraq? How many more families must suffer the pain of losing loved ones in Iraq?"
At 12 noon Crawford time, the group will begin ringing bells in honor of the troops currently serving overseas. Sheehan will be joined today by those who have served, and family members of those currently serving in Iraq. They will say that the best way to honor the fallen is to save the living.
WHAT: Peaceful rally to ask "How Many More?"
WHO: Cindy Sheehan, Charley Richardson and Nancy Lessin from Military Families Speak Out, Iraq war veterans (Cody Camacho, and Sean O'Neill), family members of those currently serving in Iraq (Sheri Glover, Beatriz Saldivar, Larry Syverson)
WHEN: 12:00 noon Central time.
WHERE: Camp Casey, staged under the tent.
Schedule of speakers:
Nancy Lessin, Charley Richardson (speaking together)
Cody Camacho, Sean O'Neill (speaking together)
Emcee Ann Wright of Honolulu, HI, a member of Veterans for Peace, was a career Foreign Service Officer with the State Department who resigned her position in March 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq.
Co-Emcee Tina Garnanez of Farmington, NM, was an EMT with the Army for five years. She served in Iraq from July to December 2004, and was honorably discharged in April 2005. She is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War
Sheri Glover of Houston, TX has a 19 year old daughter who has completed Active Duty Service in the US Army and is currently in the Individual Ready Reserve and eligible for call back. Sheri is active in Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and holds the position of Junior Vice Commander of Unit 9 in Houston.
Elliott Adams of Sharon Springs, NY is an Army veteran who volunteered for Vietnam, and also served in Korea and Alaska. He is the National Nonviolence Coordinator for Veterans for Peace.
Larry Syverson of Richmond, VA is arriving in Crawford on Saturday. Larry has three sons serving in the military, two of whom have served in Iraq and are eligible for redeployment.
Beatriz Saldivar of Fort Worth, Texas will return to Crawford this weekend. Her nephew Daniel Torres was killed February 4th, 2005 in Baygii 155 miles north of Baghdad on his 2nd tour of Iraq when an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) exploded and hit his unarmored Humvee. She is available for interviews in English and Spanish.
Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson of Boston, Massachusetts, will be arriving in Crawford on Friday, August 26. Nancyıs stepson/Charleyıs son Joe served in Iraq in spring, 2003 with the U.S. Marine Corps. He has finished his active duty service and is currently in the Individual Ready Reserves. Nancy and Charley co-founded Military Families Speak Out in November 2002 with one other family. Military Families Speak Out now includes 2,500 military families from across the country.
Cody Camacho of Chicago, IL was a specialist for the Army for four years. He served in Iraq from March 2003 to March 2004, and he was honorably discharged in October 2004. He is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Sean ONeill of Fremont, CA served with the Marines for four years and participated in the invasion of Iraq and then the occupation the following year. Sean was honorably discharged on September 11, 2004.
Cindy Sheehan, of Vacaville, CA, is co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace