Group holds vigil to support mother
Aug. 23, 2005
Jennifer Donatelli
Staff Writer

About two dozen Cheverly residents gathered in a brief, solemn candlelight vigil Wednesday to support a woman protesting her sonís death in Iraq to President George W. Bush.

Progressive Cheverly, a grassroots group of community activists, lit candles and spoke in support of Cindy Sheehan, who has been camped outside Bushís ranch in Crawford, Texas, since Aug. 7. Her 24-year-old son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq last year.

Attendees also sang the refrain to the John Lennon song, "Give Peace a Chance."

The vigil was one of hundreds held nationwide after Cindy Sheehan asked supporters around the country to start candlelight vigils in their own communities to call for an end to the war, Progressive Cheverly joined efforts by MoveOn and True Majority and Democracy for America.

Progressive Cheverly formed after members were upset about the outcome of the 2004 presidential election. More recently, the group has been vocal against a proposed Wal-Mart at Capital Plaza mall.