March 20, 2006
It has been three years since the start of the war in Iraq. Thousands of lives have been lost since then, and many families separated by the conflict. It is a war that many people feel Americans now have to finish.
While many in the Charlottesville area are supporting American troops, some are doing so from different sides of the line. There is one thing that these two groups can agree on, and that is the fact that neither want American soldiers fighting in a war. The difference is that while one calls the troops to come home, the other is saying they should finish the job.
“As a solider I don't like war," said John Miska, a Vietnam Veteran. “When you’re in a fight do you just stop and run or do you finish the fight?”
On this 3rd year anniversary of the American soldiers start of war in Iraq, Miska says that supporting the troops can be done in several ways.
"Welcome them home. Ask them what they've experienced. Ask them what they saw. Seek out their council," Miska said.
For many supports of American troops who fight differently than Miska, they have decided to show their support to any and everyone who will listen.
Protesters walked from the Rotunda on grounds of University of Virginia to the Downtown Mall near City Hall. Collectively protesters expressed they are looking to make a difference, no matter how small the impact.
“I believe everybody's small effort comes together to make change, I have to believe that as a patriot,” said Mike Henrietta, protester.
“I don't think that I know whether they'll make a difference or not," explained Franny Nudelman, protester. “But I feel that it's important to represent my beliefs publicly.”
While Miska and protesters fight battles differently, they both want to see all of American troops come home.
As of Monday, more than 2,316 American troops have died in the war in Iraq.