Monday April 8, 2013

BENNINGTON -- Dorothy Halvorsen and Nathan Wallace-Senft were joined by others from the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center on Saturday at the Four Corners to pay respect to those lives lost in recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in particular to Halvorsen’s son, Erik, one of the first American and Vermont casualties in Iraq.

"It’s just what we do," said Jane Sobel, one of the participants staked out at each corner, reading in honor the names of U.S. service members who’ve died. Wallace-Senft tallied 6,683 names this year, which marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. "It feels almost like it was suppressed," he said, the anniversary barely noted last month in Washington, D.C. Following Saturday’s vigil, participants traveled to Park Lawn Cemetery for a ceremony at the gravesite of Halvorsen’s son.

-- Zeke Wright