The lawn of the Augusta County Courthouse set the stage for an anti-war rally Saturday.
Members of the Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice organized the event to mark the sixth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. The group also voiced opposition to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The protesters say they don't want their neighbors to forget the two continuing conflicts.
“I hope they say, ‘Oh, wow! There's still people opposed to the war. Maybe I better think a little bit more about it. Maybe that $12 billion a month should be spent here,’” said rally participant Elizabeth La Grua.
The group says the money being used to fund the wars should be spent on healthcare and education in the U.S. The coalition says it wants to promote peace through diplomacy and development.