Celeste Zappala, a United Methodist from Philadelphia, went to Texas last month to join friend Cindy Sheehan—also a mother who lost a son in Iraq. Their roadside antiwar protest near George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford drew international media attention as both sought to question the president about his rationale for the war.
Zappala’s son, Sergeant Sherwood Baker, 30, died in Iraq last year. “He literally was killed looking for the weapons of mass destruction that never existed,” Zappala said to United Methodist News Service. Sheehan, who has her detractors as well as supporters, vowed to stay through Bush’s monthlong vacation unless he agrees to listen to her concerns.
Zappala said her faith and her church, First United Methodist Church of Germantown, have helped her through the ordeal.