On March 18, the eighth anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Iraq, representatives of the North Shore Committee for Peace and Justice held a rally at Davis Plaza, where Maple Avenue ends at Church Street. Carrying signs, the group held a silent protest against the war, its cost to the nation and the worldwide consequences of trying to settle differences through violence. Similar protests are planned there at the same time on the third Friday of each month, one NSCPJ member said. The following day, March 19, United Nations forces began bombing Libya after Colonel Moammar Gadhafi  reportedly refused to honor a cease-fire between his forces and rebel forces in Libya.