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(KSL News) More than 3,200 U.S. soldiers have died since the Iraq war began in 2003. Instead of protesting to mark the upcoming fourth anniversary of the war, hundreds of Utahns gathered today to show support for our troops.
The National Guard arranged the community event called "Thank a Soldier Day."
"No matter what your position on the war, you support these people who are giving maybe their lives," said Cindy Walker, whose son is a soldier.
"It's nice to get recognized every once in a while and find out that people do care what we do," said Pfc. Tausha Lowry.
Thank a Soldier Day is an annual event. The patriotic program, face painting and activities honor all branches of the military. Proceeds from the activities support soldiers injured in the war.