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The Tour Rolls into Chicago, Will Visit Hastert's Office

NBC5 Chicago
September 6th, 2005

Anti-War Group Brings Cause To Chicago
Group Will Visit Hastert's Illinois Office

An anti-war group is coming to Chicago, and they will go to the Illinois office of the Speaker of the House, Illinois U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert.

The "Bring Them Home Now" tour is in Chicago with a delegation of Gold Star families and veterans of the war in Iraq. Their message began with Cindy Sheehan's Gold Star Families for Peace.

"All four men in his unit who were killed should have been home," said Karen Meredith, whose son was killed in Iraq. "They were all killed after the extension. These are his dog tags, and they were given to me with his body when it came home in a flag-covered casket. That's what I have left of my son."

Sheehan, who maintained a vigil outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch, is helping carry the tour across the country with veterans of Iraq and other wars and parents of soldiers.

"He was providing security for the Iraqi serving team that was looking for weapons of mass destruction," Al Zappala, who also had a son killed in Iraq. "This is in April 2004, long after they knew there were no weapons."

"If it's about liberating Iraqi people, why are the soldiers being forced to go door to door, being ordered to go door-to-door, kicking in doors and destroying Iraqi lives?" said Army Spec. Cody Camacho. "Pointing weapons at women and children?"


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