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Peaceful Vigil Monday, May 19 in Front of White House for Amir Hekmati, America's Longest-Held Political Prisoner in Iran

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WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning at 12:20am Monday, May 19, former Marine Terry Mahoney will stand vigil for 1,000 minutes, leading a peaceful vigil at Lafayette Park in front of the White House and reflecting on Amir's imprisonment. He will emphasize that Amir and his family have suffered long enough.

At 11:00am and 6:00pm, Amir's family, former Marine Terry Mahoney, Amir's congressman, religious leaders and others will gather and speak. The public and media are encourage to attend.

This Memorial Day, Amir Hekmati will endure his 1,000th day of wrongful imprisonment. This is a call for citizens and officials to reflect peacefully on the freedoms they have enjoyed the past 1,000 days and question why an innocent American who served his country languishes in an Iranian prison.

Beloved by all who know him, Amir has missed many valuable moments with his family and friends over the past 1,000 days. Historic milestones, major-family moments and simple life pleasures, alike, have passed him by.

Further, a greater reason for Amir to be released, is to see his father once again, who has terminal brain cancer and recently suffered a stroke.

    WHERE:                Lafayette Park, in front of
                          the White House

                          1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
                          Washington, D.C. 20500

    WHEN:                Monday, May 19, 2014

                          The public and media are
                          encouraged to attend
                          activities at the following

                         1)     11:00am - 11:30am

                         2)     6:00pm - 6:30 pm

                          Terry Mahoney's 1,000-minute
                          vigil will take place from
                          12:20am to 7:00pm.

    WHO:                  Words will be given by the
                          Hekmati family; Amir's
                          Congressman, Dan Kildee;
                          local religious leaders; and
                          others. Other attendees
                          include FreeAmir Campaign
                          volunteers and ScoutComms, a
                          D.C.-based firm supporting
                          veterans and military

                          Former Marine Terry Mahoney
                          will spend 1,000 minutes in
                          a figurative cell, one
                          minute for every day Amir
                          has been incarcerated.

    CONTACT:                  Greg Romano



                              Aaron Sorenson



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