Candlelight Vigil in Forsyth Marks 2000th Death
By Dianne Derby, WSAV News 3, October 26, 2005
Tom Sharpe had the task of reading the names of 60 Georgia soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq at a candlelight vigil in Forsyth Park in Savannah Wednesday night.
For those at the vigil each name was a life lost--each name a tragedy in the life of another Georgia family.
"I was thinking about the parents," said Sharpe. "As a parent of two children--a daughter and son--I was thinking about what those parents must have been thinking when their children died."
Sharpe's daughter Emily organized the vigil marking the 2000th death in Iraq on Tuesday. As a member of "Code Pink", a grassroots social justice movement opposed to the war in Iraq, Emily said her message was one of peace.
When asked if she was holding the vigil to promote her anti-war agenda Sharpe replied:
"This is not any one group's agenda by any means--the majority of the people who come are average Americans who have a heart--I think peace is never a part of any ulterior motives or agenda."
But others say it was a way to speak out against the war. Speaking out is something vigil participant William Pleasant says is not common in Savannah.
"I was very proud that anyone came out here," said Pleasant. "I would have come out here by myself but I was proud of the people who came out here because they bucked the intimidation."
"We were here tonight to honor those soldiers who died and, yes, I would say most of the people here are not fond of the war," said Tom Sharpe.
"It's an absolutely terrible landmark having 2000 soldiers die," said Emily Sharpe.