Posts Tagged ‘Sidewalk Chalk’

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.


May 6, 2009

Stephen Okray was 21 years old when he died.

St. Clair Shores, Michigan was where he grew up, and took lots of risks. “He never got hurt, he always just bounced,” said his brother Jeff.

He was very family oriented and his Christmas Eve 2008 death left friends and family devastated.

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.


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.

Remembrance Wiens and Cooper

February 25, 2008

Kory Duane Wiens of Independence Oregon, trained a mine sniffing dog; Cooper. Both of them were deployed to Iraq. He wrote “Having a lot of fun, hard to believe huh? Well, I have Cooper with me so everything is alright.” He told the Army Public Affairs “I got to teach him all the things he knows today,” Wiens said. “Seeing him out there working is very rewarding. It’s amazing to see how far he’s come.”

His friends remember him as a caring person who was always ready to help.


He died July 7th 2007 with his service dog Cooper.


Blake Stephens Return With Honor

January 16, 2008

Nancy started drawing the names of soldiers who had died in Iraq on Memorial Day 2007. About a week later she received a card from a woman who asked her if she would be chalking the name of her brother, Sgt Blake Stephens. “I’m not sure if your project will get to #3,400+… but he would be honored to be named with other heroes from this war.” This Sunday, just 8 blocks from his sister’s house Nancy drew the name Blake Stephens. Later that day, Blake’s sister, 2 nephews and his mother (visiting from Idaho) filled in the chalk outline. Monday’s rain washed all that away, but Wednesday Nancy will redraw the name. We are hoping for a week of dry weather so people can stop by NE 33rd by Grant park and pay their respects.

Blake Stephens loved the military, his wife and his family. Blake met his wife, Erin, when they were based at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. She was serving in the Air Force and he the National Guard. Erin had been to Iraq 3 times when Blake decided to he needed to go to Iraq and signed up with the Army. She had a hard time supporting his decision, but understood that it was something he had to do.

He is missed every day, but never forgotten. 


January 11, 2008

Between showers, downpours and torrents she will be laying down the chalk and remembering those who have sacrificed.


December 3, 2007

Nancy was drawing early one morning this week when the trash recycler stopped and asked her what she was doing. Nancy explained the project and gave him a hand out. “You just wrote my name” he said. He told Nancy he had never met anyone with his name. Ross Clevenger was 21 years old when he died February 8, 2007. Rocco, as he was called, believed in the unbelievable. From Givens Hot Springs, Idaho, he was a fan of Big Foot and knew all about dinosaurs.

Schedule and Rememberance

December 3, 2007

No chalking Sunday December 2nd.

If the weather permits:
Monday – Friday 7am-8pm
Saturday – Sunday 11am-2pm
NE 28th Between Stanton and Knott

If the weather is more dry than wet, more still than moving, drawing names will happen.

On December 1st Nancy went out into the weather and tried to chalk. It was snowing when she started, then it cleared up, but then it started to rain. The unpredictability was driving her crazy, so she went home after writing Madore.

Ronnie Madore was 34 years old when he died.  The San Diego native was on his 4th tour in Iraq. Brandy Humpleby who served in Iraq with Ronnie said, “It was when I met his family that I really saw him shine. There was none of that gruff exterior that he always showed at work. He was a big softy, though I don’t know anyone who would ever say that to his face. Anyone who loved his family as much as he did must be a great man.”


November 13, 2007

Ryan L. Mayhan was 25 when he died December 21st 2006. His neighbors and friends and family in Hawthorne, California, remember him as fun to be around, quiet and respectful, never hanging out with the wrong people.

Gloria D. Davis was 47 years old when she died December 12th 2006. She was remembered as a hero in the small town of Portageville Missouri. Just before she died she made a dvd or herself reading Sesame Street stories for her 6 year old granddaughter. She always wanted to help. When she was home in Northern Virginia she volunteered in homeless shelters and worked with ROTC to encouraged African American youth to get an education. She had earned her masters degree and her daughter is in dental school at Howard University. Gloria was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.