Archive for July, 2007

Sunday July 29th

July 30, 2007

Sunday started with a light mist. The kind of rain that is just perfect for settling the chalk dust and setting the names. Nancy headed East on NE Fargo toward Irving Park.

It was a sleepy kind of day so Nancy was happy to have Lisa, a neighbor, join her and Pete and me.

After more than 2 months, and over 4 miles of drawing, the second anniversary of the war is reached.

By late afternoon we were leaving NE Fargo for Irving Park where things were happening.

Irving Park

July 30, 2007

Irving Park was a wonderful happening place Sunday.

A tennis player stopped by to help.

A videographer stopped by and interviewed Nancy and me.

The monthly meeting of pugs brought out dozens of dogs and people.

There was a basketball jam. I did not get any good basketball pictures.

The Oregon Wants Obama people set up a table.

It was a great day for the Iraq Names Project to engage our fellow Portlanders in Irving Park. The great thing about the project is talking to people and sharing the magnitude of the impact of the war with them.

But then…. 

The Irving Park Rangers

July 30, 2007

A great day in the park was brought to an end by the Portland Park and Recreation Rangers. They told Nancy to stop drawing or be excluded from the park and charged with graffiti.

LaWare had to be left unfinished.

They would not let Nancy finish Dickens, so she washed it away.

Nancy finishes Dickens on the NE 7th street sidewalk, then goes back and finishes LaWare.

Back To Writing

July 29, 2007

 I will start writing more starting now. Nancy tells me she has written 1,336 names. She has covered more than 4 miles of sidewalk. 

 Nancy took a detour off of Martin Luther King Blvd and went down Ne Morris around Dawson Park and up Monroe. It was the Iraq Names Project first time in a residential neighborhood and a wonderful experience. Nancy and all the volunteers were able to interact with many wonderful neighborhood people. Some took a few minutes to chip in and all were very supportive.

 Best of all our friend Sally cooked breakfast for us for as long as we were in her neighborhood, 2 weeks.

One morning we had a Japanese breakfast, miso soup, brown rice and kale, grilled fish and green tea. Thank you Sally.

July 16, 2007

July 17, 2007

I’ve been out of town for more than a week, but Nancy has been here drawing names. To date she has drawn 1,071 names of coalition soldiers who have died in Iraq. The names form a continuous line from the Portland Federal Building to NE Morris just off of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Because of rain and wear the names can only be read back a few blocks.

Ft Meyers Florida Starts an Iraq Names Project.

July 3, 2007

Our friend Willie in Ft Myers Florida has started a Southeast version of the Iraq Names Project. Willie and friends are writing the names of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan on the sidewalks of Ft Myers.

Willie is hoping that people will take a minute out of their schedules to remember the sacrifice others have made. Thank you Willie! 

Honoring Oregon Soldiers and Their Families and Communities

July 3, 2007

Chase Whitham died May 8th 2004, he was 21 years old. Chase grew up on a berry farm near Harrisburg and attended high school in Eugene. He was expecting to be promoted to Sargent soon.

Bob Roberts of Newport was 30 years old when he died May 18th 2004. Bob enlisted at the age of 27 after 9/11. Bob was plumber before he enlisted.

Justin Eyerly, Justin Linden and Erik S. McCrae were best friends and members of the Oregon National Guard when they died on June 6th 2004.

Justin Eyerly 23, lived in Salem. He was a computer whiz majoring in graphic design. He hoped to be a music producer. 

Justin Linden was 25 years old and living in Portland. He was a restaurant manager, but was torn between pursuing a career in acting or law enforcement.

Erik McCrae was 25 years old and living in Portland. He worked as both a mechanical engineer and a sheriffs deputy. 

As we drew their names last Saturday we all thought about how thankful we were for their service. We mourned for their families and friends who miss them so. And we think about what our community has lost, no longer having these talented, caring and dedicated individuals.

Chalk Management

July 3, 2007

After spending 7 hours drawing names on the sidewalk Nancy likes to unwind by spending an hour or 2 doing chalk management.