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Demonstrators rally against Afghan and Iraq wars

Carney and Dorothyann Strange hope their son's name will not end up being read at a rally. He is about to leave for Iraq. Carney and Dorothyann Strange hope their son's name will not end up being read at a rally. He is about to leave for Iraq.
David Christoff's son died in Iraq. David Christoff's son died in Iraq.

TOLEDO -- Demonstrators in downtown Toledo held a memorial on Wednesday to those who've lost their lives in overseas conflicts, reports News 11's Jonathan Walsh.

The service was held at the Lucas County Courthouse at the "Arlington Midwest" event, which attracted about 70 or so people.

As the names of those from Ohio who've fallen were read, Carney and Dorothyann Strange from Bowling Green thought about their son, Martin, who is about to go to Iraq for the second time. The thought alone gets them choked up a bit.

"Well, I hope that my son's name is not read here," Dorothyann says.

"Violence will never work. It never has and I don't think this will work," says Carney.

David Christoff of Rossford lost his son 25-year-old son, Marine Sergeant David Christoff, Jr., in the Iraqi war. Christoff says he's not for war, but he believes in the fight against terrorism.

"The reason he was there was so that his brothers and sisters and all the young ones don't have to worry about the terrorists," Christoff says.

Some parents support the U.S. effort -- and some oppose it.

"War is costly, and it always has been," Dorothyann says.

"If we leave now, we'll have destroyed everything," Christoff says.

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