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Iraq War Memorials Running Out Of Space, Can’t Keep Pace With Casualties

May 16th, 2008 | by Ken Grandlund |

Remember back in the day, when the boys in the Bush Administration told us that the Iraq War would take “weeks, not months” to prosecute?

Fast forward 5 years and over 4000 dead US service people and you have this.

“When the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division dedicated a memorial to paratroopers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, organizers believed three sides of a wide granite column would be plenty of space to engrave the names of the fallen. Three years later, there is no more room.”

Similar problems are being encountered by other military units as they keep having to add the names of fallen comrades to their own memorials.

In wars past, memorials weren’t erected until decades after their specific conflicts had been resolved. But military members responsible for the Iraq War memorials say they started early this time, in part to remedy the treatment received by military members returning home from the Vietnam War.

“They (members of the 1st Cavalry Division Association) were adamant that the veterans of this war are treated properly,” said Dennis Webster, executive director of the 1st Cavalry Division Association.

And John McCain wants to keep this war a-rollin’. If he gets his way, the folks who make war memorials will be busy for a while longer, eh?






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