Sunday, July 25, 2004

Walking across Copley Square

Walking across Copley Square is always interesting. Situated between the Boston Public Library and Trinity Episcopal Church (Old South Church sits on the corner), the grassy area and plaza is the setting for concerts during the summer, a farmers market on Tuesdays and Fridays, calisthenics being done by participants in Boston's City Year program, and of course demonstrations.

Yesterday close to 100 practitioners of Falun Gong spent the day meditating, instructing and distributing literature.

This morning as I walked across the square, I stopped to watch members of the American Friends Service Committee setting up a display of over 800 pairs of combat boots tagged with the names of U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq. This is part of a larger multisensory memorial to the war's military and civilian victims.