I built the Walk in 2003 because I knew the mission was NOT accomplished.
I’ve lost a good many pictures I once had when a temporary pc computer did a melt-down. The Walk was built of sandstone from a nearby quarry. The central stones weight about 1/2 a ton, they are the only ones not moved into place by human hands alone. I keep the books of the dead for US and Coalition dead for both Iraq and Afghanistan. We publicly opened the Walk on Nov 8th 2003, and held open days on Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day until 2005. There was a general lack of interest, and I dropped the yearly lightings and went to stringing beads that adorn the central monument, one bead per dead troop. Images may be added to this from time to time.
And in the winter as all freezes, the Stone is bare at heart of the Walk, the counting beads tenderly carried inside out of the weather…and we await the Spring and hope for peace that never seems to come.