Most of us were wearing photos of soldiers or Iraqi children and mothers, fathers. During the silence we didn't interact with the crowd at all. There was an aura of grief and deep respect for that half hour.
At one point a security guard asked us to move across the street. We politely declined. We weren't obstructing, we were on public property and were well within our rights. He was responding to one of the garden staff who was miffed about us being there. This guard ended up hanging very close by as we went into the silent half hour - I think he was very "with" us. We explained that this was part of an international day of women (and men) standing in silence to acknowledge the death and destruction that is Iraq and Afghanistan. (see http://standingwomen.org )
Thanks, everyone, for being there and being a powerful reminder to many hundreds of people today.
Photos by Engee.