Military Deaths Remembered
"Sometimes, when you hear numbers, you don't think of actual people. But to hear the names called allowed us to realize that there are really people there who are dying senselessly in the war," said Rev. Karen McClure, a Columbia pastor.
Former Marine Mike French said he supports U.S. troops in Iraq although he doesn't support the war .
"The things people are missing now, and they've lost focus [on] the reason that we went into Iraq," he said. "Initially it was this big weapons of mass destruction, they have stockpiles. [But] nothing has ever been found. So whose fault is it?"
McClure also agreed with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who opposed U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s.
"I think that the same thing he said about the Vietnam War stil holds true, that it is senseless that innocent people are being killed, and that we all belong to God and that we all should be seeking peace," said McClure.
Sunday's announcement by the Pentagon also said it regretted the deaths of Americans in Iraq, although military officials said they put no special emphasis on the number 3,000.