2007-03-22 / Top Stories

Veterans' Family & Friends Mark Fourth Anniversary Of Iraq War

By Neil S. Friedman

By Neil S. Friedman

The protesters hold candles in a moment of silence for 17 Brooklynites killed in war since 2003.                      Photos by Barry FischerThe protesters hold candles in a moment of silence for 17 Brooklynites killed in war since 2003. Photos by Barry Fischer A handful of family and friends of an Iraq War veteran from Canarsie gathered at his parents' home on East 92nd Street Monday evening to mark the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq with a reading of the names of the seventeen Brooklyn soldiers kill-ed in the conflict and held a candlelight vigil in their memory.

The local get-together was held at the home of Denise and Ricardo H. Duncan, whose son is a decorated, wounded Army veteran, Ricardo J. Duncan. The small group included the hosts, Joseph Lathan, Kevin Yarbrough and Sharrone Duncan.

The younger Duncan served as an Army scout in Iraq. He sustained in-juries for which he was awarded two Purple Hearts before he was discharged. He now resides with his wife in Texas.

Similar gatherings and rallies were held around Brooklyn and nationwide to mark the fourth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq that capped a three-day series of anti-war protests across the country and a few in support of American troops, in-cluding two in the nation's capitol that reportedly attracted tens of thousands.

Group holds candles and signs showing their oppsition to war.Group holds candles and signs showing their oppsition to war. The local memorials organized by Moveon.org, a liberal group that promotes grassroots advocacy through various political activities, honored the 3,200 soldiers who have been kill-ed in action.

Brooklyn's largest commemoration reportedly took place at Borough Hall.


(Above left)Ricardo Duncan lights candles for Brooklyn soldiers who died in Iraq combat and Denise Duncan (right) reads their names. (Above left)Ricardo Duncan lights candles for Brooklyn soldiers who died in Iraq combat and Denise Duncan (right) reads their names.

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