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May 31, 2004
End the War, Heal the Wounds,
Honor the Dead

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, from 2 - 6 pm, a multi-organization peace action was held on Cape Cod to call attention to the losses in the Iraqi war and to call for an immediate end to the war.

"END THE WAR, HEAL THE WOUNDS, HONOR THE DEAD", is what the banners read at the overpasses at exits 5, 4 and 3 of Route 6. Motorists leaving the Cape after the holiday weekend saw sad reminders of the true reason for Memorial Day at the Rest Area between exits 3 and 2, where signs showed the number dead from each country involved in the war. Because Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer, Cape activists chose this time to honor all the dead in this war which must end.

Iraqi deaths are conservatively estimated to be over 10,000. As of May 14 there were 886 coalition deaths, including 777 Americans, 59 Britons, six Bulgarians, one Dane, one Dutch, one Estonian, 17 Italians, four Poles, one Salvadoran, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and six Ukrainians.

The action was sponsored by the Cape Cod Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Cape Codders for Peace and Justice (CCPJ). Members from WILPF and CCPJ were joined by Veterans for Peace and others at the overpasses and the rest area.

The action was dedicated to the memory of long-time Cape Cod peace activist, Mort Steinau, who died May 16.


End the War: Exit 5 Rest Area Demonstration Heal the Wounds: Exit 4  
Rest Area Demonstration Honor the Dead: Exit 3 We miss you, Mort!  
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