VETERANS FOR PEACE DEMONSTRATE ACROSS FROM BAY PINES-Andrew Stelzer

11/11/04

This morning, several veterans, along with their friends and family, decided to commemorate Veterans Day by participating in a weekly protest across the street from the VA medical facility at Bay Pines in St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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An abandoned gas station on the corner of Bay Pines and 100th way became the site of a temporary vigil---the veterans set up flags for the countries which they say the United States military is occupying—Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Palestine, and Tibet—they also held signs denouncing what they say is an unnecessary war in Iraq which has already killed more than 1100 US soldiers, and read off the names of the 49 soldiers from Florida who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, since the US invaded in March of 2003.

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Some cars honked their approval, while other people passing by shouted that the protesting veterans, many of them members of the Tampa vets for peace group, were disgraceful and should get a job.

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For more information about Tampa vets for peace, call 727-527-3996

For WMNF news, I’m Andrew Stelzer

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