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Thousands Join Anti-War Mom In Vigils

For the families of U.S. military personnel in Iraq, these are not the carefree, lazy days of summer. This week, Mimi Evans of Cape Cod drove her youngest son, a Marine Corps officer, to Logan Airport and hugged him good-bye as he headed off for Iraq. Then she packed her own bags for a flight to Crawford, Texas where she's joined an encampment of anti-war activists.

The Crawford vigil outside President Bush's ranch was started by grieving mother Cindy Sheehan. Candlelight vigils in solidarity with Sheehan took place at more than 1,000 sites nationwide last night, including on the streets of Boston, Brookline, Somerville, Newton, and other Bay State cities and towns.

Mimi Evans is a member of the Jamaica Plain-based group "Military Families Speak Out," and joins us from Crawford, Texas.

This program aired on August 18, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.

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