Posts Tagged ‘Iraq Names Project’

Iraq Names Project Needs Your Help Thanksgiving Weekend

November 16, 2011

Nancy is about a year, or perhaps 50 names, behind real time. She would like to get caught up over Thanksgiving Weekend. Weather permitting she will be chalking Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am til late morning or early afternoon.

The names are currently on the South side of the Burnside Bridge near the east side of the river. Please come out and chalk, say hello and talk turkey with Nancy. Feel free to contact us for more details.

Nancy is dedicated to writing the name of each coalition soldier who dies in Iraq until the day when no more die.

Holiday Schedule

October 27, 2009

Nancy will be out of town Sunday December 13th & 27th.
She will be chalking Sunday December 20th.

Winter Schedule:
9am-10am Sunday mornings.
Please come join her, she would love the help.

The project is currently on NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, heading South near Burnside, then East on SE Ankeny.

Labor Day, Day Labor

September 11, 2009

The Iraq Names Project flows with a continuous line. The names are written chronologically. Often where a name falls will take on added meaning. Casey Sheehan’s name fell at Peace Park, just happened that way.

Labor Day 2009 the project just happened to be at the Day Labor site on NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd & NE Lloyd Ave.

Nancy will be out of town and unable to chalk Monday September 14th.

New Summer Schedule

June 18, 2009

The Iraq Names Project continues.
Nancy will continue to draw the names of all coalition soldiers who die in Iraq.
Currently she is in front of the Convention Center on NE Martin Luther King Blvd near NE Pacific Ave, heading toward the Burnside Bridge.

You are welcomed to join her and help chalk names.
Mondays 9am to 10am.

Schedule

January 18, 2009

Nancy managed to draw a few names last week after things dried out. She will chalk again on Monday, Inauguration Tuesday, and a name or 2 on Wednesday and Thursday.

She is currently NE Holladay St between 7th and 5th in front of the Liberty Centre.

7:15 am ish Monday, please come join her or stop and say hello.

Thanksgiving Day Chalking Schedule

November 26, 2008

Nancy will take a short break from the fun of Thanksgiving Day to remember those who are not celebrating.

Please join her and help her write the names of those who have died.

She is currently on the Carousel Courtyard block, NE Holiday between NE 7th & 9th streets.

She will be chalking between Noon and 1pm.

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

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.

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.

Rememberances

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.

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.