Becky Lowrey, a Gold Star mother whose son died when his helicopter was shot down in Iraq, followed. "We cannot be ignored this time," she said, citing the coalition gathered at the protest and national opposition to the war. "We say to Congress: End this war. And do not allow this president to bomb Iran. ... Congress should listen to the seven soldiers of the 82nd Airborne who wrote in the New York Times ... to the generals who have spoken out against this war ... to the peace community... The lesson learned from Vietnam should be that half of the soldiers killed in Vietnam were killed after the generals knew the war was lost."