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Locals to stage 24-hour peace demonstration

Event marks year anniversary of Friday vigils

Peace activists who have congregated at the corner of 362nd Avenue and Highway 26 in Sandy have seen a lot since they started their Friday vigils one year ago: supporters who drop off coffee and donuts, drivers who honk their horns - in support or in opposition - and a diverse group of citizens banding together to stand for what they believe in.

But there's one moment that stands out more than others.

'We got mooned, and that made my week,' said Walt Trandum, a regular at the demonstrations. 'I don't think it's legal, but it's in the spirit of free speech. I got the message.'

The group hopes to ratchet up its visibility this weekend in a 24-hour peace vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of the Friday vigils. The event will run from 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, and organizers hope other supporters of peace will join them.

For those in the group who have taken part in a vigil during the past year, the extended experience may be a little different as the night wears on.

'That Highway 26 stretch heading up to Mount Hood is still busy at 11 p.m.,' said demonstrator Susan Gates. 'I'm guessing it will be deader than a doornail starting at 12 a.m.'

Organizers also note that any participants should be prepared for cold weather, although if the weather is bad enough, they will cancel the vigil.

The group hopes to continue with the late afternoon Friday vigils reminding people of the situation abroad.

'Hopefully, we've raised awareness here locally, especially now when people seem to kind of want to forget about it,' Trandum said. 'Politicians of both the major parties seem to want to move on, but it's still going on.'

For more information, visit www.oregontraildemocrats.org or e-mail Walt Trandum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .