About 250 people marched quietly along Egan Drive on Sunday afternoon, (below) marking the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The march ended in Marine Park where the crowd listened to speeches before regrouping indoors at Northern Light United Church for a potluck.
The Juneau event was one of hundreds of demonstrations held around the world. Many of the weekend demonstrations across Australia, Asia and Europe drew smaller-than-anticipated crowds - far short of the millions worldwide who protested the initial invasion in March 2003 and the first anniversary in 2004. Juneau's turnout was good considering the snowy conditions, said Gordon Walker, vice president of Veterans for Peace. Today the names of 2,300 Americans killed in the war will be read at the Dimond Court Plaza starting at 6 a.m.
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