GOLD STAR FAMILIES FOR PEACE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ryan Fletcher 202-641-0277, Dante Zappala 215-520-7040
**Prayer Ceremony at 12:00 Noon. CDT at Camp Outside President’s Ranch**
Bob Edgar, of the National Council of Churches and Clergy Offer Worship at Encampment in Crawford
Religious Community Joins Gold Star Families and Families with Loved Ones in Iraq
CRAWFORD, TX - Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, National Council of Churches general secretary and a former member of Congress will be joined by clergy who will offer prayer and pastoral care to Gold Star Families for Peace and all those who are holding vigil near the President’s Ranch in Crawford, TX and give witness to the true cost of the war on Iraq.
Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar will offer worship near the more than 1800 crosses which commemorate each fallen soldier. that have been placed on the roadside surrounding ‘Camp Casey’. Edgar and the National Council of Churches and other religious groups have vigorously opposed the war since the beginning and have called on President Bush to reassess his war policy.
WHO: Bob Edgar, of the National Council of Churches and Clergy, Members of Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out and supporters
WHEN: 12:00 Noon, Friday August 12, 2005
WHERE: At Prarie Chapel Road and Morgan Road outside President’s Ranch in Crawford, TX.
Cindy Sheehan, whose son Army Specialist Casey Sheehan was killed in Sadr City, Iraq on April 4, 2004, has been in Crawford since August 5th, demanding a meeting with the President. She has been joined by 23 military families with loved ones who were killed in Iraq, are currently serving in Iraq or who are about to deploy or redeploy to Iraq. All of these families have come to Crawford, Texas to share their stories about the personal costs of the war in Iraq and add their voices to the call for President Bush to honor our fallen and honor our loved ones’ service by ending the occupation, bringing the troops home now and taking care of them when they get here.