Anti-war activists plan to gather in a peaceful demonstration in Tommy's Park in Portland on July 7 to read the names of the US dead in the Iraq War to date and an equal number of names of Iraqi dead. The gathering will begin at 11:30 am and the reading of the names will begin at 1:00 pm. According to figures released by the Pentagon last week, the number of US military killed in Iraq has reached 2500. Some tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, reports Reuters news service.
The reading is being organized by Maine Veterans for Peace. A related email sent by Jack Bussell, a MVP board member, predicts the reading will take at least six hours. He encourages participants to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas, and "drinks and snacks to share."
The rain date for the event is Friday, July 14 at the same time and place.