Today marks the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. Many people in Michiana made a statement about their view on the war. A peaceful protest was held in downtown South Bend this evening. About 200 people showed up for tonight's candlelight vigil and peaceful protest.
Many of the people we spoke with say they fully back the troops there, they just think it's time to leave Iraq. On this fourth anniversary of the war, people tell us they're hoping they don’t have to see a fifth anniversary.
Lighting candles and holding war protest signs, dozens of people met in downtown South Bend, all expressing their frustrations over the war in Iraq, now four years old. “When we say the fourth anniversary of the war, we need to know that this is the beginning of five years. And that's five years too long for many of us to envision,” says Kathy Liggett, Indiana Director of Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. Liggett’s son also served three tours of duty in Iraq.
How do I feel about it now? It's gone entirely too long and yes, there will be chaos when we leave, we know there will be. It's a matter of pro-longing it,” says Elizabeth Scarborough, attending war protest.
Those attending the protest included local religious, university, and peace groups. The crowd also lined St. Joseph Street, showing drivers what their view on the war is. Although, this group is against escalation in Iraq, the crowd took time to honor the memory of those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice. “Those of us who are from military families know the fear that we live with everyday knowing there are casualties, whether it will be out sons and daughters,” says Liggett.
60 pairs of boots lined the lawn, representing the Indiana servicemen and women who lost their lives in Iraq. “I’m hoping that if I'm here and other people join us, that we'll bring them home sooner,” says John Bolinger, also attending war protest and vigil.
“It's so bad right now that I don't think there is an easy solution. And so, we, don't have any answers for this,” says Louise Claassen.
Tonights protest and vigil was one of about 2000 nationwide, all marking the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war.
There were no counter protesters for comment at the anti-war rally.