Hinesburg residents gather to commemorate fourth year

On Monday, March 19, more than 40 people of all ages braved the wind and cold in Hinesburg, to honor the men and women who have died in Iraq, and their families who must cope with the loss of a loved one. The vigil was held to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. After opening with a reading, "Wage Peace," a poem by Mary Oliver, the group shared in the reading of the list of 18 Vermonters who have died in Iraq. Participants then took turns reading the stories by families and friends of soldiers who have died in Iraq, each followed by a period of silence and reflection. The group gathered in the lower circle outside the Hinesburg Town Hall, which lies in a spot lower than the highway, and provides some shelter from the wind. However, there were a number of participants who also felt strongly about the importance of visibility, and so braved the wind, cold, and noise of traffic, to stand silently with their candles. Along the candle lit edge of Route 116, with signs and a large peace flag, participants gathered to show support for bringing home the troops. Hinesburg residents care deeply about the men and women who have sacrificed their lives and the thousands who will need long term health care when they return home. - Submitted by Wendy Patterson, Organizer Chittenden South Democracy for America

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