TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Called ``The Reading,'' organizers will read the name and home state of each of the more than 4,500 killed since the two wars began. Beginning at 11 a.m., the reading is expected to last 10 hours.
The effort started as an idea by a group of veterans near West
Olive, Mich. They had a similar event in 2007 honoring fallen
Michigan soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines. They sought out
Topeka as a central location to honor those killed from all 50
Organizers say the goal isn't to make statements about the war
but to honor the service of those killed and their families.