Peace march slated

The march will be held Friday, March 16, beginning at noon. It will start at the intersection of Champlain Avenue and Montcalm Street and proceed to the Black Watch Memorial Library and back. This is a visible effort for people to remember the dead and wounded, resist war and advocate for lasting peace and security at home and abroad, said the Rev. Helenmarie Sunkenberg. March 19, 2007, marks four years of the current war in Iraq, she added. This is an urgent call to action to honor the lives lost in this war and to advance the imperative for peace. The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 met with immediate success. The coalition overthrew Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and occupied Iraq in an attempt to establish a new governmental regime. However, the coalition has been unsuccessful at restoring order to the entire country, leading to asymmetric warfare with the Iraqi insurgency, civil warfare between Sunni and Shia Iraqis, and al Qaeda terror operations. More than 3,200 Americans have been killed fighting in Iraq since the onset of war. Another 24,000 servicemen and women have been wounded. For more information about the march, call Sunkenberg at 499-1238 or Stan Burdick at 585-7015.

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