Two vans, 12 passengers and “Free Syria” logos painted on the side of each vehicle. Those are the basics of the cross-country “Marie Colvin convoy,” which departed Anaheim yesterday for New York City.
The group expects their caravan to have grown much larger by the time they arrive in Manhattan for a possible meeting with UN officials and later, in DC, a protest near the White House. But first, per Eric Carpenter’s article in the Orange County Register, there will be a critical, namesake stop at the New York area home of slain journalist Colvin:
Colvin, 56, was an American journalist for the (London) Sunday Times, who died last month while covering the Syrian conflict. She and a photojournalist were killed in Homs, Syria during shelling by the Syrian Army.
[Excursion organizer Belal] Dalati said he spoke to Colvin’s sister by telephone and she agreed to meet with him and others from the Syrian American Council. They plan to present the family with a “medal of honor” – a glass and bronze trophy of an eagle inscribed with the words, “The Syrian American community will never forget the great sacrifice. Freedom is always a worthy cause.”
Expect a lot more media coverage as the convoy makes its way across the U.S. in time for a scheduled March 15 NYC arrival. More info here.