That's the message of Madison Veterans for Peace, which is organizing a public event for Veterans Day.

They'll erect more than 4,200 tombstones along Madison's Olbrich Park on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 11-12. The chapter and public will use the display to somberly and respectfully commemorate the death of more than 4,200 US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Coinciding with the traditional Veterans' Day, a special ceremony for is planned for 2 pm, Sunday Nov. 11. VFP member Father David Couper, a Marine veteran and former Madison Police Chief, will be the featured speaker. Also speaking will be Ray Maida, father of Mark Maida of Madison who died in May 2005 in Iraq, and Iraq veteran Patrick Wilcox, a member of VFP and the Iraq Veterans Against the War. Frank Court of VFP will be the master of ceremonies.

The display will be erected starting at Starkweather Creek and run all along the walk bordering Olbrich Park and Atwood Avenue, ending near the Eastside Businessmen's Club.

The public will have an opportunity to walk among the tombstones, sign a guest book and offer comments. Members of Madison's Veterans for Peace will be present at all times, including overnight since the display will be available until Monday evening, Nov. 12.

Among the tombstones will be more than 80 small Wisconsin flags which will designate Wisconsin soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

. . . . Mourn the Dead, Heal the Wounded, Stop the War . . . .

Meanwhile, in Milwaukee:

The Milwaukee Veterans Day Parade will step off at 11am Saturday Nov. 10 in downtown Milwaukee.

As usual, the organizers will not allow Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War to walk along, so they'll be setting up a memorial on the route. To help with that, meet around 10am on the south end of Cathedral Square.

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