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Somber salute to fallen warriors

Evan Vucci, Associated Press

More than 1,100 flag-draped cardboard coffins are lined up by the reflecting pool Saturday in Washington, D.C. Members of the Iraq War Memorial Coalition who set up the "coffins" read the names of the troops who have died in Iraq and then played taps. Pat Elder, who helped organize the event, said the 75-member coalition was formed two weeks ago by people who belonged to the Quaker faith, Veterans for Peace and Military Families Speak Out. "We just wanted to get across the idea that there's a human cost to this war," said Elder. "We're not the radical ones. We are moderates. We're not all antiwar, we're just against this war." Elder said the event was made possible by an anonymous donor from Texas who contributed $20,000 for the displays.