“Personally, I’m against the war,” Muse said. “This my first protest. I support the troops, but not the war.” Moore, whose group holds weekly vigils on Sunday afternoons at the same location, wanted to make clear the vigil’s purpose wasn’t only for the 2,000th soldier killed, but was for those affected by the war, including Iraqis. “There is no giving up on this,” Moore said. “When you look back and see the similarities during Vietnam, it’s really frightening. We don’t have the kind of reporting and information as we did then. We could actually see what was going on.” No counter-protesters attended the vigil to voice their opinions. — Pam Wight can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — Local anti-war activists joined thousands of sympathetic protesters across the country Wednesday night in a peace vigil marking 2,000 American soldiers killed in the war in Iraq. Organized by the Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition, the vigil attracted about 75 to 100 activists to the corner of Whittier and Painter boulevards, where they shouted slogans ranging from anti-war in nature to general denouncements of President Bush. Passing cars honked their support or opposition. Co-chair of the WAPJC, Teresa Moore, said peace groups were able to act quickly to organize more than 1,200 vigils nationwide because most had prepared in advance when the death toll neared 2,000. The Internet-based MoveOn.org spurred the flurry of demonstrations by sending out a national call for action the day after the Pentagon’s announcement that military deaths in Iraq had passed 2,000. “The death toll is rising,” Moore said. “It took 18 months to hit 1,000 and 14 months to reach 2,000. The loss of life is increasing, but to listen to Bush, there’s no end in sight. Our point of view needs more mainstream coverage.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Montebello resident Gloria Lopez, who learned of Wednesday’s protest through MoveOn.org, said she came to Wednesday’s protest out of respect for the soldiers. “I’ve been against the war from the beginning,” Lopez said. “It breaks my heart every day to hear of these young kids, babies, dying. … I didn’t plan on doing anything tonight, but I always wanted to get involved and this was local.” Pico Rivera resident Thomas Cruz, 19, joined the Navy on a delayed-entry program in June while attending El Rancho High School. He said his vigil participation was to show support for all the soldiers who were killed. “I joined because I wasn’t doing anything at the time and I wanted to serve my country. I wanted to see the world,” Cruz said. “Just because you’re in the military doesn’t mean you have to want a war.” Whittier College freshman Michael Muse, 19, appeared at the vigil in order to fulfill a class assignment.