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Sheehan is ready for her farewell

July 05, 2007|From the Associated Press

FORT WORTH — Cindy Sheehan will return to her protest site near President Bush's ranch in Crawford this weekend to bid farewell to the peace movement -- but not with an antiwar rally.

Instead, Sheehan will sell some camping items, gather with friends from previous demonstrations and celebrate her 50th birthday in Crawford, about 100 miles south of Fort Worth. Then she will hand over the deed of her 5-acre lot to its new owner, radio talk-show host Bree Walker.

"I feel great," Sheehan told the Associated Press. "I'm feeling like it was the right decision for me. I feel like it was the best thing to do."

Sheehan stunned supporters and critics in May when she announced she was leaving the antiwar movement and selling her Crawford lot, known as "Camp Casey" for the son she lost in Iraq. Army Spc.

Casey Sheehan, 24, was killed in an ambush in Baghdad in 2004.

Cindy Sheehan said she felt that her efforts had been in vain and that she had endured smear tactics and hatred from both the left and the right.

Walker, a former TV news anchor who hosts a weekend talk show on KTLK-AM in Los Angeles, plans to build a peace memorial on the property and keep it open to protesters.

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