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Local peace-minded ask for end to warfare

The Mirror

Federal Way was among a reported 1,300-plus sites nationwide where anti-war candlelight vigils Wednesday night pressed for an end to the fighting in Iraq.

The events were organized through MoveOn. org, a national political activism organization that claims more than 3.3 million members.

MoveOn officials said 1,354 peaceful demonstrations, attended by more than 100,000 participants, were held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to honor the 2,000 U.S. soldiers who’ve died in the war in Iraq and to ask, “How many more?”

The 2,000-deaths mark was reached this week.

In Federal Way, about 40 people participated in the vigil at the busy downtown intersection of South 320th Street and Pacific Highway South, beginning at 6:30 p.m. They held candles and signs as motorists and pedestrians passed.

MoveOn officials said about 1,000 of the American military deaths in Iraq occurred in the first 18 months of the war, while the second half of the fatailities happened in four fewer months. With no end of the war in sight and with support nationally of the war slipping, Wednesday’s demonstrations were a show of support for the troops and a call for President Bush to bring them home, MoveOn asserted.

Staff photographer Fumiko Yarita contributed to this report.

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