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.