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Day of Activism

Introduction – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Movies

Part 1

The Anti-War Funeral Procession, also called the National Memorial Procession, started at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, and traveled over Memorial Bridge into Washington DC and on to the Ellipse south of the White House.  Marchers carried approximately 100 black-draped replica coffins, made of cardboard, along this route, where they laid these alongside another 1,000 similar replica coffins, to symbolize the dead in the war in Iraq.

This section of the Day of Activism set covers the opening rally at the Women’s Memorial, and the beginning of the march.  I did not cover the actual march to the Ellipse.


The banner held by two participants says it all.  "A Trail of Mourning and Truth from Iraq to the White House".  As evidenced by the participants' attire, and the sign, the predominant color was black, to symbolize mourning.  As such, participants were strongly encouraged to wear black to this event.

The banner held by two participants says it all.  “A Trail of Mourning and Truth from Iraq to the White House”.  As evidenced by the participants’ attire, and the sign, the predominant color was black, to symbolize mourning.  As such, participants were strongly encouraged to wear black to this event.


A number of participants wore shirts stating various views on the Bush administration.  A number of participants wore shirts stating various views on the Bush administration.  A number of participants wore shirts stating various views on the Bush administration.

A number of participants wore shirts stating various views on the Bush administration.


A few participants wore desert-style military fatigues.  This woman wears a jacket while holding a sign for ANSWER Coalition.

A few participants wore desert-style military fatigues.  This woman wears a jacket while holding a sign for ANSWER Coalition.

This sign kind of hits the nail right on the head, too.  Support our troops – bring them home.


Other participants came out with their own signs, either critical of George W. Bush, or with messages of a more personal nature.  Other participants came out with their own signs, either critical of George W. Bush, or with messages of a more personal nature.

Other participants came out with their own signs, either critical of George W. Bush, or with messages of a more personal nature.


One person took a bumper sticker and plastered it across their back, making a statement about "Bush Family Values".

One person took a bumper sticker and plastered it across their back, making a statement about “Bush Family Values”.


Some participants wore white flowers, illustrated here as one person attaches a white flower to the arm of another, using a red ribbon.

Some participants wore white flowers, illustrated here as one person attaches a white flower to the arm of another, using a red ribbon.


A significant crowd had gathered to hear the speeches and participate in the march.  Note the signs on the backs of some participants.  These were given out by the people organizing the protest, and pinned on the participants' backs.  It really made for a powerful statement, since the message was in large type and in black and white.

A significant crowd had gathered to hear the speeches and participate in the march.  Note the signs on the backs of some participants.  These were given out by the people organizing the protest, and pinned on the participants’ backs.  It really made for a powerful statement, since the message was in large type and in black and white.


One woman near the front of the group held up a large photo of a soldier killed in Iraq.

One woman near the front of the group held up a large photo of a soldier killed in Iraq.


From across the reflecting pool, the crowd is significant.  Note the original wording on the banner of "Honor the dead".  This was changed on the other side of the sign to "Mourn the dead".  Presumably the former was to be the original term used, and was later changed after the banner was made.  Considering that this is a funeral-style procession, "Mourn" makes more sense.

From across the reflecting pool, the crowd is significant.  Note the original wording on the banner of “Honor the dead”.  This was changed on the other side of the sign to “Mourn the dead”.  Presumably the former was to be the original term used, and was later changed after the banner was made.  Considering that this is a funeral-style procession, “Mourn” makes more sense.


The crowd gathered in a semicircle around the small stage, and more people were coming in all the time.  The crowd gathered in a semicircle around the small stage, and more people were coming in all the time.

The crowd gathered in a semicircle around the small stage, and more people were coming in all the time.

The crowd gathered in a semicircle around the small stage, and more people were coming in all the time.  The crowd gathered in a semicircle around the small stage, and more people were coming in all the time.


Speakers carried all kinds of messages to the stage, all with the common theme of bringing our troops back home to us.  Speakers carried all kinds of messages to the stage, all with the common theme of bringing our troops back home to us.  Speakers carried all kinds of messages to the stage, all with the common theme of bringing our troops back home to us.

Speakers carried all kinds of messages to the stage, all with the common theme of bringing our troops back home to us.

Speakers carried all kinds of messages to the stage, all with the common theme of bringing our troops back home to us.  Speakers carried all kinds of messages to the stage, all with the common theme of bringing our troops back home to us.


Behind the stage, along the reflecting pool, lay roughly 100 replica coffins, representing some of the dead in Iraq.  Each one had a rose on top of it.  These coffins would be carried by participants to the Ellipse.  Behind the stage, along the reflecting pool, lay roughly 100 replica coffins, representing some of the dead in Iraq.  Each one had a rose on top of it.  These coffins would be carried by participants to the Ellipse.

Behind the stage, along the reflecting pool, lay roughly 100 replica coffins, representing some of the dead in Iraq.  Each one had a rose on top of it.  These coffins would be carried by participants to the Ellipse.


The coffins, with roses on them, made a more powerful statement than one might think.  Even this smaller number at Arlington National Cemetery made one stop and think for a moment.

The coffins, with roses on them, made a more powerful statement than one might think.  Even this smaller number at Arlington National Cemetery made one stop and think for a moment.

The coffins, with roses on them, made a more powerful statement than one might think.  Even this smaller number at Arlington National Cemetery made one stop and think for a moment.

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Introduction – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Movies

Part 1