For 12 noon; Monday, August 22, 2005; Salt Lake City, Utah
Military Families, Veterans, Supporters Gather to Ask:
Why are Our Loved Ones Dying In an Unjust War?
SALT LAKE CITY, August 19, 2005: Gold Star families, military families and veterans, along with other concerned Utahans, will be gathering in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, August 22 to call on President Bush to meet with Cindy Sheehan and the military and Gold Star families who are encamped outside the President’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. They will further call for the President to end the war and bring the troops home. The President will be in Salt Lake City Monday to address the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As of today, 1,862 service men and women have lost their lives in the Iraq war – nine of whom were from Utah.
Celeste Zappala, a member of Military Families Speak Out and a co-founder with Cindy Sheehan of Gold Star Mothers for Peace, will speak at the gathering, along with local military mothers, spouses, military veterans and leaders of the religious community. Ms. Zappala has recently returned from several days outside the Bush ranch in Crawford. Ms. Zappala’s son, Specialist Sherwood R. Baker, was the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since World War II. Sherwood was killed in action in Baghdad on April 26, 2004 while searching for non-existent WMD's.
Military families and veterans here in Utah would like answers to some of the same questions Ms. Sheehan has asked while waiting to meet with the President outside of his ranch in Crawford, Texas including: What is this “noble cause