Memorial in Riverfront Park shows true cost of war

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Memorial in Riverfront Park shows true cost of war

Memorial in Riverfront Park shows true cost of war

If you drove through Riverfront Park Thursday, something may have caught your eye.

A striking display popped up in riverfront park this afternoon -- showing the true cost of war.

Thanks for staying up with us, i'm aaron luna, this is nightside.

Volunteers spent hours placing roughly 15-hundred headstones around the lilac bowl -- honoring some of the u-s soldiers killed in afghanistan and iraq.

New on nightside -- kyle simchuk shows us the group behind the powerful display.

This weekend spokane is hosting the veterans for peace national convention -- members from all over the west coast are in town.

These headstones have traveled all over washington state -- this moving memorial is large but only shows about a quarter of the lives lost in both wars.

Driving over the spokane river and through riverfront park -- something may have caught your eye.

13:37:40"people can read a number in the paper about casualities or even see a name in the paper.

But to come out here and see the markers..."

:07not just markers -- also names, stories, and notes from people who knew and loved these soldiers.

13:40:05 20- "the first time we put it up in tacoma, i think it was three or four soldiers been out for a jog along the sound and they saw us and they sat down on a planter and just started crying."

:10david dittemore is the president of the tacoma chapter of veterans for peace.

A non profit that wants governments to solve disputes without war and violence.

13:41:39"with the start of the iraq war our numbers multiplied and took us up to about 5,000 members."

:06 these markers represent roughly 15-hundred soldiers who died in iraq and afghanistan -- only about a quarter of all soldiers killed.

13:38:26"this is a big enough project for us right now.13:36:41"it was created by a couple of peace groups in seattle and they maintained it for several years."

:04the 1500 names were picked randomly -- although the group is trying to include every casuality from washington state.

Those markers have a ribbon on them.

13:35:51"we walked around and saw this lilac bowl and when i saw it i realized this will be perfect."

:04the display will welcome other members for this weekend's national convention in spokane.

David hopes other people will come to reflext as well because to him -- memorial day is everyday.

Nats taps setting up the display took time and money-- the group had to pay about 2-thousand dollars for a three day permit.

The memorial will be up through sunday at three, members of veterans for peace will be there to answer questions -- they're also accepting donations.


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