BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Nearly three dozen Westchester County residents flocked to the grassy knoll in front of the Bronxville train station on Monday to hold a candlelight vigil opposing potential military strikes against Syria.
President Barack Obama has asked Congress to authorize military attacks on Syria after reports that the regime used nerve gas last month killing more than 1,400 people, including women and children.
But congressional action may prove unnecessary, as Obama said on Monday that a proposal that would see Russia stripping Syria of its chemical weapons “could be a breakthrough.”
Those in attendance each donned a lighted, white candle and shared their feelings about the incident. There was mutterings of support and applause for several of the more passionate, demonstrative speakers.
“No more dead soldiers. No more wars that aren’t our problem,” Harrison resident Lisa Woods said. “We can’t just jump into another conflict as we’re getting out of the last one.”
A pair of police units were deployed to the scene to prevent any possible backlash, but the event was an amicable one. It was simply a group of people with one common idea, gathering to share their feelings, Bronxville’s Pat Fox said.
"We know that there can be dire consequences if we decide to retaliate,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who are desperately opposed to this idea, we’re just a small part of it.”
President Obama will address the nation at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night about the matter. Eastchester resident Cris Grimes said that he was holding out hope that the president would postpone action.
“I feel like we aren’t informed enough about what happened yet, and to go in guns blazing might be premature,” he said. “It’ll be interesting to see how this goes.”