On Fri., Apr. 22 from 7
5-day trek to end at air field
Brian Terrell will never forget the way he felt when he was introduced to a 9-year-old girl who had lost her arm in a drone air attack in
"That still haunts me," Terrell said. "Drones are predators armed with hellfire missiles, and the concept that peace could come from that is ridiculous."
And that is why Terrell made the trip from
The march, organized by Peace Now
"Robotic warfare is enticing because some believe it is cheaper, cleaner and risks less American lives," Grady said. "Yet the track record shows that the majority of people killed by drones are innocent civilians."
After the American Civil Liberties
Attempts to contact a spokesperson Sunday at the Air National Guard base in
Other groups from
The Ithaca group plans to march 10 to 14 miles on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, said another march organizer, Todd Saddler of Ithaca.
"We hope during the march to see people and be seen. We hope to hear people and be heard," Saddler said. "We want to spread the anti-war movement and build community."
Saddler held a sign that read, "I'm not paying taxes for war." Others held signs that read "Honk for Peace" and "
People were bundled up in scarves, hats, gloves and heavy jackets in preparation for the walk. Most held water bottles, carried backpacks and held up a peace sign with two fingers.
After spending two years in Afghanistan with the Peace Corps, Frank Baldwin and his wife, Blythe, said they realized there is no way the United States will win the war and, as a result, must stop fighting, he said.
"We need to make the politicians realize that enough people are against war," he said. "This march is all about supporting peace."
When Terrell arrives at the base in
Terrell, along with 13 others, was found guilty of trespassing by a judge in
"This march is part of a national movement that has been going on for a long time," he said. "It is an integral part of the larger peace movement."
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