Posts Tagged ‘Sidewalk’

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.

Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 20, 2009

I have just reread Martin Luther King’s Letter From Birmingham City Jail.

Reading the letter reminds me why I join Nancy to chalk on freezing cold mornings.

This morning was freezing cold. Nancy and a few hardy friends took a few minutes to remember Anthony Davis and Warren Frank, in front of the Liberty Centre a few blocks from Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.

Warren Frank was 26 years old when he died.  Frank was from Anderson Township near Cincinnati Ohio. “Our son wanted nothing more than to make a difference in our world,” said Frank’s father, Warren R. Frank, in a statement sent to the media. “He was not a movie version soldier, but a man who looked forward to loving his children, retiring from the service of his country, teaching history at a high school and coaching track.” He was working on a food distribution mission North of Baghdad when he was killed.

Anthony Davis was 43 years old when he was killed. Anthony Davis from East Baltimore Maryland and living in Triangle Virgina, had volunteered for humanitarian assistance duty. He was working on the same humanitarian food drop as Warren Frank when he was killed.  He worked assessing schools and arranging for repairs and supplies. His eighteen year old daughter, Diana, collected soccer balls for distribution to Iraqi children.

“We must remain vigilant and pray that we are getting through to the younger generation, who will one day inherit this nation, so that they remember us as peaceful and encouraging not intruders and invaders,” Davis wrote in an e-mail.

Volunteerism was part of Anthony’s life. His mother made sure he, and his 16 brother and sisters, did volunteer work when they were growing up.

A brother, husband, father of 5 and grandfather of 1. Our thoughts go out to them and to Warren Frank’s family.

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.

Remembering Sacrifice

January 6, 2009
Photo by Clint

Photo by Clint

Ryan Jopek was 20 years old when he died. He made his home in Merrill Wisconsin. Ryan loved his 1966 Chevy pickup truck. According to a resolution passed by the Wisconsin legislature, he was a Chicago Bears fan and modeled his life after Walter Payton.

Matthew Stanley was 22 years old when he died in Iraq. He grew up in Wolfeboro New Hampshire. Matthew is remembered by his large family as a very responsible teenager, he worked in his uncle’s seafood business, helped raise younger cousins and was fun to be around.

Our friend Clint suggested, back when it was topical, that I write about the soldiers whose names are on bracelets worn by John McCain and Barack Obama. First McCain and then Obama mentioned the bracelets during the debates. McCain mentioned his bracelet and Matthew Stanley first. Obama had to decide if he was going to mention Ryan Jopek. Ryan’s mother had asked Obama not to use her sons names in speeches. She simply asked that he remember her son and try to end the killing so other mothers don’t have to suffer. After the debate she said that she was “ecstatic” when Obama mentioned her son.

These 2 young men, with brothers and sisters and parents and cousins and aunts and uncles, will be remembered not just by their families and friends, but by all of us and historians for their part in war, and in presidential politics.

I had not heard of these memorial bracelets before last summer. It was when Nancy was drawing names of the dead on NE Broadway that she met a woman who still wore the bracelet of a friend of who died in Viet Nam decades ago.

Nancy will start chalking again, as soon as the weather allows. The schedule and location are below.

Schedule Update

December 1, 2008

Nancy will be chalking every weekday morning weather permitting.
7:15am is when she tries to start.

The Iraq Names Project is currently On NE Holladay St Below NE 9th Ave heading toward NE 7th Ave.

The Carousel Court Yard Block, where the project is now, and the Liberty Centre in the next block, are owned by Ashforth Pacific. We talked to Ashforth Pacific before starting on the public sidewalk in front of their buildings. They assured us they supported the project. So we were surprised to see them hose off the sidewalk shortly after we left.

If you would like to talk to Ashforth Pacific call them at, 503-233-4048,
write them at:
825 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 1275
Portland, OR 97232
Email them at, wlange@ashforthpacific.com

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.

Remembrance

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, 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.

Rememberances

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.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iraqnamesproject/2788281520/

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.