Posts Tagged ‘Art’


November 12, 2008

Veterans Day Remembrance.

Jamel Bryant of Belleville Il was 22 years old when he died September 27th. He joined the army 2 years ago to become a better man. Jamal was a self taught piano player, music producer and rapper.

He was known for his resourcefulness and for mentoring children. In Iraq he was always giving candy to local children.

Daniel R. Sexton of Wentzville Missouri was 53 years old when he died. He joined the Army when he was 33. The same age as me he joined the Army because of guilt he felt for missing the Vietnam war. He is remembered by his wife and sons.

He is one of the 34 coalition members over the age of 50 who have died in Iraq.

The oldest coalition soldier to die in Iraq is Sidney J. Marceaux. Sidney was 69 years old when he died September 14th. He stayed on past retirement because of the shortage of Catholic priests.

Sidney was From Beaumont Texas. He explained “I was able to exercise my priesthood in a way I couldn’t in a diocese,” Marceaux said. “I was able to help them face death daily. They knew they had to go out and they knew they may not come back.”

Because of rain Nancy has not been able to get out and draw names the last few weeks. If things clear up she will chalk again on Monday at 7:15am.

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,

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

Nancy Is Still Working Hard

August 26, 2008

It has been months since I have updated the blog or the web site, but Nancy has not missed a Friday morning. Readers of this blog can be forgiven if thought Nancy was no longer remembering those who are sacrificing in Iraq. Rest assured, every Friday morning Nancy gets up early, adds the names of those who died in the last week to her list, and heads out in the early dawn light to draw their names.

She is currently drawing on the brick on NE Holladay St, between 13th and 11th, heading toward Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. She tries to start by 7:15am, but sometimes is running late. She would love for you to join her some morning.


August 26, 2008

William L. McMillan III, 22, of Lexington, Ky died July 8th 2008. I found Run For The Fallen while researching William McMillan. Here is their flickr page. I had not heard of this event before. Just ended today. A lot of good people are doing good things to help other good people. It’s hard for people with out professional press agents and publicity departments to get their message out over the roar of political news and Hollywood gossip.

Travis Stottlemyer was 20 years old when he died, August 17th, 2008. Travis lived in Hatfield PA, a Philadelphia suburb, and was a graduate of North Penn High School. Son, brother, uncle, godfather he was a dedicated friend and close to his family. Many are missing him today.

James Hale of Naperville Il was 23 years old when he died August 13th, 2008. He was a husband and a father to 3 children. Words do not express the loss.

23, of Naperville, Ill.

Iraq Names Project and Nordstroms

July 3, 2008

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.


July 2, 2008

Du Hai Tran of Reseda California was 30 years old when he died June 20th, 2008.

Gregory T. Dalessio of Cherry Hill, NJ was 30 when he died June 23rd, 2008. The oldest of 8 children, he had an education degree and a masters in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall.

Dwayne M. Kelley of Willingboro, NJ was killed June 24th, 2008. A NJ State Trooper he was in Iraq with an army Civil Affairs unit working on community development restoring local government.

James M. Yohn of Highspire, PA was 25 years old when he died June 25th, 2008. His son is due in a few weeks. His wife can already see the father/son resemblance in the ultrasound pictures.

Now that Nancy is drawing just once a week, on Friday mornings as names are released, the names she writes become more and more immediate. Personal. This last week the DOD listed the 4 names above plus “8 names not yet released”. A chilling reminder that she will be back on Friday July 4th (9am), with at least 8 more names, 8 more people, 8 more State Troopers, and diplomats, and parents and spouses.

Iraq Names Project Continues

June 23, 2008

Currently on NE Multnomah and circling around Holladay Park Nancy continues on with the Iraq Names Project. Once a week she gathers the names released that week and adds them to the 12 miles and 4,000+ names she has drawn on the sidewalk since Memorial Day 2007. Please come out and join her if you can:

Every Friday Morning 7:15am – till that week’s names have been drawn

John D. Aragon was 22 years old when he died. John loved the Army and the Army loved him. He called the war pure hell, but wanted to be near the action, like a true soldier. From Antioch California, his parents, friends, fellow soldiers and country will all miss him.

Some days it looks like there could be an end to this war. But how will we know when it has ended? In 1979 an American soldier was killed in the DMZ in Korea decades after that war ended. 1984 another soldier was wounded. What will be our milestone for determining the end of the Iraq war. The closing of all US bases? A week, month or year of no hostilities. Withdrawal of all reserves and national guard?

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Memorial Day

May 28, 2008

Over the course of the Memorial Day weekend about 30 people joined Nancy as she rewalked the Iraq Names Project route. On Memorial Day, as a last act, she ghosted in Sheehan at Peace Park. Last summer Casey Sheehan’s name fell right at Peace Park in a moment of synchrosity.

At the start of Memorial Day Nancy was joined by some neighbors, good friend Nikki and Kate Powers & Steve Einhorn. Kate Powers wrote a now famous song, Travis John, about Travis Bradach-Nall, one of the first Oregonians to die in Iraq. Nancy ghosted in Travis’ name when she got to Grant Park, the neighborhood where he grew up.

While rewalking the route we were surprised to see names that nancy wrote months ago still visible along NE Broadway.

Nancy will be back at NE Multnomah and NE 13th on Friday May 30th, 7:15am, drawing names.

Memorial Day

May 26, 2008

On Memorial Day May 26th, 10am, Nancy will rewalk the Iraq Names Project route from Wilshire Park (NE 33rd and NE Skidmore) to Holladay Park (NE Multnomah and NE 13th). She will then head over to Peace Park (East Side of the Steel Bridge at the top of the Esplanade). Veterans For Peace will be having a Memorial Day picnic there after a gathering at Memorial Coliseum.

On Saturday May 24th Nancy rewalked the route from the Federal Building downtown – where she began a year ago – to Irving Park, about a third or the route. She began by ghosting in March 21 2003 Aubin, the way she began a year ago.

On Sunday May 25th Nancy was joined by friends to rewalk the second third of the route. Along the way she stopped to say hi to Chef Christopher at Francis Restaurant. He has been a great supporter of the Iraq Names Project. He served us all a wonderful meal, as usual.

Remember Memorial Day with the Iraq Names Project

May 19, 2008

Memorial Day weekend Nancy will rewalk the Iraq Names Project Route.

Starting Saturday May 24th, 10am at the Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (SW 3rd & SW Jefferson). Saturday we will walk the route Nancy chalked last year to Irving Park.

Sunday May 25th at 10am we will walk from Irving Park (NE 7th & NE Freemont) to Wilshire Park.

Memorial Day May 26th at 10am we will walk from Wilshire Park (NE 33rd & NE Skidmore) to Holladay Park (NE Multnomah & NE 11th). When we get to Holladay Park Nancy will start chalking again.

On Saturday and Sunday we will have a little potluck picnic when we finish walking.

Please join us any time. You can contact dan.namesproject at gmail for more information.


May 11, 2008

Aaron J Ward

The 4,385th coalition soldier to die in Iraq and the most recent name released by the Department Of Defense, as of May 10th. Aaron was 19 years old when he died, he was from San Jacinto CA and stationed out of Fort Lewis.

347 days ago Nancy Hiss started writing the names of Coalition soldiers who died in Iraq. She draws them in chalk on the city sidewalks of Portland. She has drawn a continuous line 12 miles long starting with those who died on March 21st 2003. Now she has no names to write.

No doubt more will die, 2 already have but the names have not been released. She now has the sad job of waiting for the Department of Defense to announce the names of those who have died. When she gets more names she will be back on the sidewalk.