Gainesville Veterans for Peace will be displaying 6,846 tombstones from 7am on May 23 through dusk on Memorial Day, May 25, 7pm to remember those who have died in the wars in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003.
Memorial Mile will line the street along Eighth Avenue just east of 34th Street, where the Solar System Walk is located. This is the ninth year VFP has set up the display, and in 2008 we had to cross over to the North side of Eighth Avenue due to the continuing number of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Veterans for Peace will have available, on site at an information table, a book that directs visitors to specific tombstones. Every year, people come to the Memorial Mile to place flowers and other expressions of love at the tombstones of their loved ones and friends.
Gainesville Veterans for Peace web site for additional information: http://www.vfpgainesville.org/
This year’s event will also feature the Peace Ribbon from Code Pink. This is an ongoing grassroots project in which family members and groups make panels honoring the victims of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by creating a cloth memorial to fallen service members and Afghan and Iraqi civilians. The Peace Ribbon contains 225 panels.
Join us! To Volunteer for set up and clean up and guard duty Contact Scott Camil at 352-375-2563