Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. Johnâ€™s Church in Baghdad. They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome.
Michael Yon today provides symbolic evidence of progress in Iraq: a Christian church re-opens, the cross is restored to its dome with Muslim help.
A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from â€œChosenâ€ Company 2-12 Cavalry to the church, where I videotaped as Muslims and Christians worked and rejoiced at the reopening of St Johnâ€™s, an occasion all viewed as a sign of hope.
The Iraqis asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people. â€ Thank you, thank you,â€ the people were saying. One man said, â€œThank you for peace.â€ Another man, a Muslim, said â€œAll the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother.â€ The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers.