Iraq Names Project and Nordstroms

Ceasar, whose brother is currently deployed in iraq, colors in a name out side of Nordstroms, May 6th 2008.


Caesar helps color in a name out side or Nordstrom, May 6th.

I wanted to write about somethings that happened a few months back. In May Nancy was drawing every morning, first down NE Broadway, then down NE 10th to the Lloyd Center. We met many great people along the away. We got a thank you from soldiers assigned to the Armed Services Recruiting Station on NE Broadway. On 10th we met Caesar, who joined Nancy every weekday morning for a week or 2. Caesar’s brother is deployed in Iraq, and he was thankful for a chance to remember those who had been there.

I was not surprised that when Nancy got to the Lloyd Center she was closely scrutinized by the Lloyd security. In fact they called the police the first day she was on the sidewalk around the center. The officer who came, like all others Nancy has met in the last year, thanked her for her good work. The officers I have talked to are also veterans and supportive of the project. As long as Nancy is on the public sidewalk she has the green light from the City of Portland to continue.

All went fine until Nancy was along side the Nordstrom at the Lloyd Center. Every morning Nancy would draw the names of those who had died. Every night Nordstrom would wash them off. So Nancy went in one morning to let them know what she was doing and ask them not to wash off the names. She was met by security. Security quickly told her they knew who she was and what she was doing. When she asked them about washing off the sidewalk she was told she had to leave the premises.

Nancy was more than a little peeved.

Then we started hearing from the family of PFC Aaron J. Ward.
Aaron was killed in Iraq on May 6th.
He was 19.
His was the 4,385 name Nancy wrote.
His family was bothered that Nordstrom would wash off the names. So they contacted Nordstrom. All a big misunderstanding according to Store Administrator Kryn Scoggins; “I hope you will accept our sincerest apologies for missing the relevance of the project; we would never intentionally insult such a beautiful and important acknowledgement of our national heroes.” By that time we were past Nordstrom and there was nothing more to be done. Last week Aaron’s name was still lightly legible over near Stanfords. Faded by time and weather and traffic. But never forgotten.

On July 4th Nancy will draw on NE Multnomah, by Holladay Park near NE 13th.
She will start at 9am.
Please come join her.

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3 Responses to “Iraq Names Project and Nordstroms”

  1. Gary Tolle Says:

    This is Gary Tolle, the uncle of PFC Aaron J. Ward and it was the least I could do to fight back with Nordstrom on your behalf and those brave soldiers that paid the ultimate price for what America is all about. Again Nancy Thank you so much for taking your time to put my nephew’s name down. One person’s way of expressing her feelings about our fallen soldiers has touched so many hearts. God Bless you and on behalf of PFC Aaron J. Ward’s family we thank you!

  2. Kathi Poppert Says:

    My name is Kathi Poppert, I am the very proud aunt of PFC Aaron J Ward. I want to thank you Nancy for writing my nephews name on the sidewalk, thank you for all the soldiers, it’s nice to know all will remember and sad that Nordstrom would want to prevent that. I myself will never shop at Nordstrom. if it was not for those names our country would have no freedom.
    God bless you Nancy and keep up the great work!! our family thanks you..

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