Syrians honor Marie Colvin on Long Island

This is an undated image made available Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012 by the Sunday Times in London of Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin photographed in Tahrir square in Cairo. (Ivor Prickett Sunday Times)

March 16, 2012 3:21:39 PM PDT
About two dozen Syrians from around the United States paid tribute to slain journalist Marie Colvin with a visit to her family's New York home.

The Marie Colvin Convoy for Freedom of Syria arrived at the home on Long Island Friday morning.

They presented Colvin's mother, Rosemarie, with flowers and a condolence card.

The gathering of friends and family then moved to a nearby park for a short ceremony. A plaque, a small token of appreciation from the group of Syrian Americans, now honors the American journalist killed in Syria.

"The Syrian people still need an awful lot of help and maybe all these people can bring attention to the cause. The cause was also my daughters and let's hope it goes on," she said.

"I know she's looking down on us with respect and appreciation. We just can't thank you enough and we wish you all the success," Cat Colvin, Marie's sister, said.

The group of Syrian Americans drove all the way from Los Angeles to Oyster Bay -- collecting signatures of condolences from other Syrian Americans.

Colvin, a veteran war correspondent who lost her eye covering the conflict in Sri Lanka, died in a fierce shelling attack in Syria on February 22nd.

Colvin was reporting for the Sunday Times of London, covering the brutal crackdown of the Syrian regime on its people.

"She was looking for truth and she chose to be in the most dangerous place on earth today facing the most vicious, brutal regime just for truth," Malek Jandali, Freedom of Syria, said.

And for that, these Syrian Americans are promising when their country is freed of its dictator they will name streets and squares after Marie Colvin and decorate them with statues of her.

"We will put the statue in every corner when those animals are leaving our country. Syria will be free," Charif Al-Khoja, Freedom of Syria, said.

From here the group is going to New York City to the United Nations, and then to the White House to demand that America does something to help the Syrian people while always keeping the memory of Marie Colvin in mind.

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