Local ceremonies today marked the four year anniversary of the war in Iraq.
On the campus of I.U.S.B., 60-pairs of boots lined the lawn in honor of the Indiana soldiers who lost their lives.
“To me it's very emotional. Death, blood shed. It’s people,” said student Jillian Groth.
The attempt to bring home the horrors of the battlefield also including winding lines of street shoes that symbolized lost Iraqi lives.
Some who helped organize the event are hoping that Americans in general are willing to put their “foot” down where the war is concerned.
That’s why some spent the weekend in Washington D.C. taking that message to the U.S. Capital. The list includes I.U.S.B. student Erkki Kochketola: “Unless there's a strong push by the people to say we need to end this war, get out, the Democrats will feel like they have a mandate to stay.”
Meantime, the anniversary was being marked quietly at the South Bend home of one military family, although military wife Diedre Kovach shared her thoughts with Newscenter 16.
“I just feel it's a big quagmire that we're getting stuck in. I think the President is a good man. I undestand where he's coming from, but i think he's too stubborn to admit it's time to leave.”
Duty has called Diedre’s husband away from home, for two of the last four years.
“I just would be happier if it was done,” she said.
The four year anniversary of the war with Iraq took the debate over how long---is too long---to the next level.
“While with the election, people wanted to go into a different direction, they wanted to go in a direction toward victory not toward defeat,” said student Chuck Norton.
“The only way to ensure defeat is to surrender.”