West Virginians join national day of protest on War’s Second Anniversary

Charleston, WV – The Second Anniversary of the war in Iraq is marked by protests and vigils across the state, country, and around the world.

On March 19th, to mark the Second Anniversary of the War in Iraq, people in over 574 cities and towns in all 50 states gather to oppose the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq. From vigils, to marches, to rallies, Americans unite to say: “End the War, Bring Our Troops Home, Rebuild Our Communities.”

In Charleston, starting at noon on Saturday, March 19th, West Virginia Patriots for Peace hosts a rally in Davis Park. Speakers include former gubernatorial candidate and noted author, Denise Giardina, and military mother, Reverend Eileen Dumire. Also, there are performances by local musicians and an art project for children, “Peace is in Our Hands.”

Local organizer, Lida Shepherd, explains, “These gatherings give voice to the fifty-six percent of Americans who, according to recent polls, oppose this war. Anyone sitting at home thinking, ‘Gosh, am I the only one who thinks this war has gone on too long, that the costs are too great,’ can know that they are clearly not alone and are indeed part of a large and growing movement against this war.”

Reverend Dumire says, “As a military mother of twin National Guardsmen, I have learned to walk the thin line of opposing the war, but supporting the troops.”

Statewide events throughout the day on Saturday include candlelight vigils in Parkersburg and Clarksburg, a march in Wheeling, and a rally in Martinsburg.

National events include one in Fayetteville, NC, with Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and United for Peace and Justice sponsoring.