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Concord Set to Host "1960's Peace March" on Saturday

March 14, 2008

Concord, NH - An old-fashioned peace rally is planned for Concord on Saturday, the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq invasion. New Hampshire peace groups and citizens are marking the calendar milestone with a march to the State House, a roll call of fallen soldiers' names, and an afternoon teach-in at Concord High School--all events meant to be reminiscent of the Vietnam war era.

Cathy Silber with the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance says that, with the death toll in Iraq reaching another grim mark, the questions are the same today as they were in the 1960s.

"Four thousand American service members in Iraq, tens of thousands wounded, trillions of dollars spent, and what could we be doing with this money instead? What would these lives have been instead? What is it that we've gained?"

Concord's "Five Years Too Many" march and rally is one of hundreds of anniversary events being held across the country Saturday. Silber says it's sending the message that New Hampshire wants a responsible, safe redeployment of Americans out of Iraq. Just as in the Vietnam War era, citizens are coming together to demand action from their leaders, she says.

"The country is definitely coalescing in opposition to the leadership and in opposition to the war. We know two-thirds of the voters in New Hampshire are opposed to this war and think we should be getting out."

In past years, veterans' groups have staged counter-protests around the country. So far, none are planned this year for Concord.

John Robinson/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - NH