MADISON (WKOW) -- One after one, the line of small tombstones representing military death after another snakes up and down Speedway Road in Madison.
The group Veterans for Peace placed the 4,800 tributes on Saturday. Each one represents the servicemen and women killed fighting in Afghanistan since 2001 and Iraq since 2003. A small Wisconsin flag marks each one from our state.
"When you read the numbers, you don't really realize the magnitude of it, but when you drive by and you look at the gravestones, it really makes you think about their sacrifices and how many people died," said Chamberlin.
Teenager Manny Whiteagle was awed by the sight. His grandmother Fran Wiedenhoeft served multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. "Personally, I feel a sense of pride and sadness," said Whiteagle. "Pride for what these young people, mostly young people, did to serve their country."
As a reminder, the group read the names of Wisconsin's fallen in Forest Hill Cemetery on Sunday afternoon.
Chamberlin said while the tone of the event was to just remember those who lost their lives, he wondered personally if President-elect Barack Obama's new administration will help end the wars. "We'll see, we'll see," Chamberlin said.
The group Veterans for Peace will remove the display on Saturday. It held similar demonstrations the previous Veterans Day and Memorial Day along Monona Drive. Chamberlin said organizers moved it to Madison's west side this time to give other people a chance to view it as well.