Five years and more than 4,000 lives. The United States recently marked the five-year anniversary of the war in Iraq, and the American death toll passed 4,000 a few days later.
To honor those fallen troops, the Young Democrats of Arizona and the Arizona State University Young Democrats club hosted Flags for the Fallen on Wednesday at the Tempe campus.
The display is a traveling U.S. flag memorial honoring military personnel killed in Iraq, said Young Democrats of Arizona president Cole Hickman.
"(The organization) wanted to take the opportunity to remind people on campus and in Arizona about the level of sacrifice," Hickman said.
The memorial included more than 4,000 flags representing each individual killed in Iraq.
Hickman said the memorial is more personal for him because he returned from Iraq last August after being overseas for a year in the Army."One of the reasons I'm emphasizing (the memorial) is because it's been five years, and there are still people dying," Hickman said. "The number of casualties is increasing, and there are so many people that have been there so many times."
The ASU students partnered with the state group because they wanted to be a part of the memorial, said Lisa Fernandez, president of the student group.