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Memorial Day 2012

May 10, 2012

Since Memorial Day 2007 Nancy Hiss has been chalking the names of coalition soldiers who died in Iraq on the sidewalks of Portland, Oregon.

The names have wound through, SW, NW, N, NE and SE Portland, over 12 miles in a continuous line from the Federal Building to the center of the Burnside Bridge.

To date she has chalked about 4770 names. There are about 30 more she will chalk between now and Memorial Day.

On Memorial Day, Nancy will join Veterans For Peace chapter 72 at Peace Park.
This will be the 4th year she has written the word peace in the languages of the nations we have been at war with.

Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2010


On Memorial Day, Monday June 31st, Nancy Hiss will be at Peace Park along with the Veterans For Peace.

Nancy will be chalking the word PEACE around the walk at Peace Park.

Nancy will get there about 9am to start chalking. The Veterans For Peace are gathering at Memorial Colosseum at 11:30, holding a ceremony at noon and then having a From War to Peace walk to Peace Park.

On Sunday, June 30th (like most every other Sunday), Nancy will chalk the name of a soldier who has died in Iraq. She has chalked a continues line across SW, NW, N, NE and now SE Portland for the last 3 years of the names of soldiers who have died.

She is currently heading North on SE Ankeny. She is currently at SE Ankeny and 6th Ave.

Veterans For Peace

February 11, 2009

Nancy has returned to chalking on Monday mornings, 7:15am ish.
She is currently on NE Holladay near 5th Ave.

Tonight February 10th she will be presenting the Iraq Names Project at the Veterans For Peace Monthly meeting. (How is that for short notice?)
7 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave.

The Veterans For Peace includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including the current Iraq war as well as other conflicts. Their collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.

The Portland Chapter created and maintains Peace Memorial Park on the East side of the Steel Bridge.

Veteran Mike Kennedy chalks his family name.

A Fun and Emotional Saturday

June 26, 2007

When I found Nancy Saturday morning Nicky was there helping out. Nicky and her husband had stumbled on the Iraq Names Project a week before and stopped to help. Now she was back for more. Nicky survived Hitler’s Germany. Her brother survived both Hitler and Stalin. Knowing something about the horrors of war she was ready to help.

Our good friend Ned showed up a little later. Ned has military age children.

Here Ned is working on the date March 21st 2004. The first anniversary of the war.

In the background on the left side of the Portland skyline that last pointy building you see is the KOIN Tower which is next to the Federal Building where Nancy Hiss started drawing names back on Memorial Day. She has drawn a continuous line of names 2 miles at this point.

John D Amos II was 22 when he died April 4th 2004. Back in Indiana his mother said he would have loved all the attention he was now getting. In his Letter From Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King quoted the Prophet Amos “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

We had hoped to be at Peace Memorial Park on 4th of July, but we got there on June 23rd instead. Peace Park is maintained by Veterans For Peace Chapter 72.

Some how it seems fitting that Casey Sheenhan’s name landed right there at Peace Memorial Park. Casey’s mom used to work with a great organization called Gold Star Families For Peace.

Philip Rogers or Gresham Oregon was 19 when he died. He loved to draw, not fight. Like many he joined the Army to get money for college.

These folks did not stick around long enough for me to talk to them. Nancy is talking to a member of Veterans For Peace. With him are his wife (I think) and Zahra Hamid Sultan. Ms Sultan is an Iraqi refugee living in Jordan. She speaks internationally on the blight of the nearly 2 million Iraqi refugees.

Veterans For Peace

June 14, 2007

Mike K from Veterans For Peace came down to help this morning. Nancy finished outlining Kennedy, Mike’s family name just as Mike walked up. So Mike got to chalk his own name.

Veterans For Peace

Kyran E Kennedy lived on a farm in Hopkinsville Kentucky. Kyran was 43 years old when he was killed. He and his wife were originally from Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood. They bought a farm in Hopkinsville where they were trying to live a sustainable lifestyle. They had a variety of animals, raised a garden and an orchard, and managed an ambitious beekeeping operation.

He carried his dulcimer with him as he traveled around Iraq. The instrument was important to him and provided a sense of peace in the midst of the war, his wife Kathy told the AP.

When he died his children, Christopher, Katie and Kevin, were ages 11,9 and 3.

Honor the Fallen