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  •  There are so many things we can do (4.00)
    to raise awareness!  Many churches are ringing bells each week for every death...a way of making people aware.

    We don't have a bell...but do have "chimes" on our organ.   Each week I gather news from the DOD website, and as part of the pastoral prayer, I read the name, rank, age, and home town of every American solder whose name was released that week.  If they were Nat'l Gd or Reserves, I read that as well....with a chime after each name read.  I ask them to pray for the families and friends.  I remind them that for every one killed, many are greviously wounded, and ask prayer for them and their families.  I remind them of the un-named civilians hurt that week, and ask prayer for them.  I reminded that that in the 5 weeks we've been doing this, we've prayed for 50 deaths and their families, and many times over wounded and civilians.

    The mothers and the 80-year old veterans alike sit with tears in their eyes.  It is respectful and heart-felt and they thank me for doing this.  It's a way for people to hear what they haven't heard in the news, and to realize how much pain and suffering our actions are bringing to ourselves and to others.  If you attend religious services, you might urge your church to do this.  If you attend a non-religious group, perhaps they'd agree to stand for a moment of silence while the names of the dead are read.  

    "...had he been captain of the Titanic, Bush would have ordered the ship to back up and ram it again." ...with thanks to John Steinburg

    by revsue on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 06:31:48 PM PDT

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