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December 18, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Candlelight Vigil Marks Iraq War Start
(2007-03-20)
As skies darkened the crowd grew at last night's candlelight vigil in Rotary Park. (Photos: Victor Locke, KSUT)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Several hundred people attended a community candlelight vigil at Durango's Rotary park last night.
The event was to mark the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
But more so, to honor the more than 3-thousand U.S. servicemen and women who've died in the war.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The event was the brainchild of Durango businessman Ricardo Moreno.
MORENO: WE'RE NOT TRYING TO HAVE AN AGENDA, THE ONLY AGENDA, IN TERMS OF A POLITICAL AGENDA. THE ONLY AGENDA WE REALLY HAVE IS GIVING PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE TOGETHER AND HAVE A COMMON BOND. WORDS ARE FUNNY, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A WAY FOR WORDS TO BE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT, SO BY NOT HAVING ANY WORDS, NO SONGS, NOTHING LIKE THAT, IT GIVES PEOPLE THE FREEDOM TO BE HERE WITHOUT FEELING THEIR AGAINST ANYTHING. THERE'S NOTHING TO BE AGAINST HERE.
Moreno was helped by several friends, including Stephen DiSanto.
DISANTO: THE REAL ISSUE IN THE LONG RUN IS NOT ABOUT THE WAR, IT'S ABOUT THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE WAR, IN COMBAT, AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED. WE'RE NOT INTERESTED IN THE ANTI WAR PART OF THIS, WE'RE INTERESTED IN RECOGNIZING THE SOLDIERS.
They placed 35-hundred candles in area businesses hoping that many would show.
At 7pm people started arriving.
Some came by car, like Cindi Haddow, who's son was in the initial Iraq invasion force on March 20th, 2003.
HADDOW: I DID NOT KNOW WHERE MY SON WAS FOR FOUR MONTHS, IF HE WAS DEAD OR ALIVE. HE WENT INTO THE STREETS OF BAGHDAD AND DID THAT, SO I AM HERE TO HONOR MY SON, AND ALL THE VETERANS AND ALL OF OUR MEN OVER IN IRAQ.
A few minutes later, Lawrence Hodda, wearing a U.S. Marines cap and jacket, with his two children in tow, crossed the River Trail Bridge and was met by his mother and dozens others holding lighted candles.
HODDA: YOU KNOW, I'M HOLDING THIS CANDLE HERE TO HONOR MY FELLOW BROTHERS WHO DIDN'T MAKE IT BACK, AND THOSE THAT HAVE AND SUFFER FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF WAR. I THINK IT'S GREAT THAT ALL THESE PEOPLE HAVE TURNED OUT TO HONOR THE FALLEN HEROES AND THE HEROES THAT HAVE COME HOME.
Others slowly rambled rambled into Rotary park with candles lit, across the Animas River, from beneath Main Street, Northbound on Second Avenue.
They formed a ring of candlelight in the park, visiting, talking, expressing themselves.
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Then, at 7:55, at the sound of a bell signalled 5 minutes of silence..followed by another bell ring marking the end of the vigil.
The crowd remained for another minute, silent, then slowly, without speeches, song or any other words, people extinguished their candles and silently left the park while the organizers, including Stephen DiSanto looked on.
DISANTO: I THINK IT'S GREAT, IT'S BEAUTIFUL, IT'S AMAZING, PEOPLE HOLDING ENERGY LIKE THIS.
Organizers estimate 5-6 hundred showed up for the vigil.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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