2018 Memorial Mile News Coverage

Veterans for Peace display Memorial Mile

This article originally appeared on NBC15.com.  Click here to see their video coverage as well.

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) — Madison’s Veterans for Peace chapter 25 members said they hope people realize the cost of war.

Along Atwood Avenue this weekend, you’ll see about 6800 tombstone replicas representing those who died while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Frances Wiedenhoeft is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and said this is a visual way to honor those who’ve died.

“Some of these markers were people that passed away… in my arms, so to speak, so that’s what it means to me. It’s very personal and I want people to understand that each one of these markers was a person,” said Wiedenhoeft.

The display stretches down Atwood Avenue near Olbrich Park.


Memorial Mile: Remembering fallen veterans

Posted: May 27, 2018 08:25 AM CDT Updated: May 27, 2018 08:25 AM CDT

During this Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to remember the true meaning of the holiday. News 3’s Keely Arthur shares how the Memorial Mile is keeping it top of mind.

This story appeared on channel3000.com.  Click here to view the video news story.


Veterans group sets up Memorial Mile to honor fallen service members

This story originally appeared on wkow.com.  Click here to view their video coverage.
Posted: May 26, 2018 7:31 PM CDT Updated: May 26, 2018 7:31 PM CDT

MADISON (WKOW) — More than 6-thousand tombstone replicas are set up in Olbrich Park this weekend to remember the lives of U.S. service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Madison chapter of Veterans for Peace has set up the Memorial Mile display for more than 10 years. It’s left up for a week along the Lake Monona shore.

“I am so sad that we have to keep doing this but I’m so glad that people are here and I’m so hopeful for the future,” said Larry Orr, with Veterans for Peace.

On Memorial Day, Veterans for Peace will be holding a peace rally. It will be in James Madison Park at 1 p.m. There will be speakers, students scholarships announced and live music.

Memorial Day Peace Rally

When: Monday, May 28 – 1:00 PM

Where : Gates of Heaven 302 E. Gorham St., Madison WI – James Madison Park

Speaker: Author and Historian, Alfred W. McCoy

Momentous changes resulting from U.S. hegemony in the world will be described during this May 28 peace rally – sponsored by Chapter 25 Veterans For Peace in Madison.

The program at Gates of Heaven will include an invocation by priest, former Madison police chief, and Veterans For Peace (VFP) member David Couper. Student scholarship winners will be noted, the band Old Cool will perform, and Progressive magazine publisher Norman Stockwell will describe a recent visit to Viet Nam. Bagpipe dirges by Sean Michael Dargan will end the Peace Rally program. Audience members will receive red carnations to place at the nearby Abraham Lincoln Brigade marker in James Madison Park. Veterans for Peace Chapter 25 namesake Clarence Kailin was a volunteer in the Lincoln Brigade fighting fascism in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War.

Main speaker McCoy’s expertise is widely recognized to include U.S. foreign policy, colonial empires in Southeast Asia, illicit drug trafficking, CIA covert operations and modern Philippine history. He will draw upon his most recent book, In the Shadows of the American Century, to explain the effect of declining U.S. hegemony on the world.

McCoy holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of numerous books, including The Politics of Heroin (New York, 2003), A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War to the War on Terror (New York, 2006), Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State (Madison, 2009), and, most recently, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power (Chicago, 2017).

Additionally, Veterans For Peace Chapter 25 will be setting up over 6000 tombstone replicas (The Memorial Mile) at Olbrich Park for Memorial Day weekend to remember those who have died in in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The display will be set up on May 26th and taken down on June 2nd.

Madison VFP Members Testify at VA Privatization Session

VFP members Larry Orr, Lincoln Grahlfs, and Will Williams listen to Suzanne Gordon present at the Madison VA.

Madison VFP Members Testify at VA Privatization Session

By Paul McMahon

Several experienced and VA-knowledgeable VFP members participated in a public information meeting on February 28, 2018 at the Madison Labor Temple about the future of VA medical care. The session focused on an issue that is critical to the future care of veterans in this country—namely the growing efforts to privatize the VA for corporate profit. There is a debate raging in Washington DC about how veterans should receive their health care. While there have always been attempts to privatize parts of veteran care, there have been renewed efforts after employees at the Phoenix VA blew the whistle on management fabricating patient wait lists and putting veterans at risk. Private industry and a Koch brothers-funded organization called the Concerned Veterans of America saw their opportunity and began an all-out assault campaign to take down the VA and farm it out to the private sector. The movement has been gaining support from both sides of the aisle in Washington under the guise of “helping our needy veterans” and “thanking them for their service.”

Perspective at the meeting was presented by Suzanne Gordon. Gordon is an American journalist and author who writes about healthcare delivery and health care systems and patient safety and nursing. She is author, co-author or editor of 18 books. She is currently working on a book about the innovations and clinical care at the Veterans Health Administration.

VFP members Lincoln Grahlfs, Larry Orr and Will Williams all spoke and testified about their excellent treatment at VA facilities. Ms. Gordon urged all present to contact Senators Baldwin, Johnson and their representative (Mark Pocan) to counter the privatization moves. Thanks to all who participated and helped us be better informed. Thank you especially to the American Federation of Government Employes for sponsoring this session and for some of this edited text.

More photos from the event can be found here.