Archive for September, 2008

The War Continues

September 22, 2008

To hear The President tell it you might think the Iraq war is over. Nothing could be further from the truth. Coalition soldiers continue to die almost daily.

Every Friday morning Nancy remembers them by drawing their names on the sidewalk.

Please join her:
NE Multnomah Ave between NE 11th and NE 9th. (On the Max line near the Lloyd Center.)
Friday Mornings About 7:15am (Ending by 8am.)

Rememberance, Steven Fitzmorris

September 22, 2008

Steven Fitzmorris was 26 years old when he died.

A Columbia Missouri father, husband, brother and son, he was known for his charm and sense of adventure.

Circumstances of his death vary. When his family heard of his death, they were unable to get information from the military. The reports they received told them that Steven had been ordered on patrol without body armor, or a partner. After being shot he lived through surgery, and for another 24 hours. But the family was never contacted, even though he was conscious for some of that time.

It may have taken days, but now the official military report says, he was wearing armor, was with other soldiers and died with in 3 hours of being shot.

Communication is a tricky thing. Nancy wrote Fitzmorris’ name on what she thought was public sidewalk, in front of the Intergra Telecommunications building. Integra officials told her the sidwalk under the awning was private property and proceeded to wash the name off the sidewalk.

She moved and started drawing the name again. Again Integra washed the name off before she was done.

She explained she had written the name of every soldier killed in Iraq in a continuous line now 14 miles long. Fitzmorris was the 4,461st name of a coalition soldier she had drawn.

She let them know, she was going to honor Firzmorris, they could do what they wanted once she was done. Finally, a building manager showed her where Integra proprety ended and public sidewalk began. They allowed her to draw names there, but then washed them off at the end of the day.

Communication is a tricky thing. I would have hoped that Integra Telecommunications, being in the communication business, would have been better communicators.

I am going to let them know I am not happy with the way they treat the memory of our fallen soldiers. (503) 453-8777, or-info@integratelecom.com

UPDATE: I have talked to Integra Telecom, who share my feelings. They do not own the building. The building is owned and managed by Ashforth Pacific 503-233-4048