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MADISON (WKOW) — Volunteers began setting up the annual Memorial Mile in Madison Saturday.
The tombstone display is in memory of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, recognized every year for Memorial Day weekend.
Members of Veterans for Peace and other volunteers put up nearly 6,800 tombstones along Atwood Avenue at Olbrich Park.
“We’ve lost 6,800 service personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq and what we want to do is show for the next week tombstones that represent those Americans who have been killed in those wars,” says coordinator John Fournelle.
The display stays up through Memorial Day until next Saturday.
Originally posted on WKOW.com.
Chapter 25 will again erect the stunning Memorial Mile in Olbrich Park, Madison, along Atwood Avenue. This impressive and disturbing mile of over 6,000 tomb stones is in memory to the US soldiers whose lives were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the first mile was erected in 2007, the chapter has received constant positive feedback from those who observe the mile by walking the sidewalk or even while driving by. The mile is erected by volunteers led by Chapter members. Starting at 9am Saturday, May 24, 2014, the mile will take about two hours to install. It will remain in place until Saturday, May 31 when volunteers will remove the display.