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Local Troops Say It's Business As Usual on the War Anniversary

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YAKIMA, Wash - Today marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the U.S. led war in Iraq.
Wednesday hundreds of anti-war protesters lined the streets of Washington D.C. 

This protest marked the first of many anti-war rallies planned in the Washington area as well as throughout the country.

Many local soldiers from the Yakima Valley have served in Iraq.  We wanted to see how they are feeling on the fifth anniversary of the war.

"To be honest with you, the anniversary of the invasion totally slipped my mind today," said First Class Sergeant Mike Brown, who is stationed in Yakima.

It was just another day to be in the army Wednesday. 

"It is good to be home, really good to be home," says Sgt. Brown, who served one year in Iraq.

He isn't forgetting eight soldiers from his battalion who are in Iraq right now.

"My biggest message to them is stay well, stay safe and keep your head down," explains Sgt. Brown.

"I didn't really realize until someone told me today it was the fifth anniversary," said Captain James Simon, also stationed in Yakima.

Cpt. Simon returned from Iraq in 2004.

"When I went over there I felt like I was doing something big, protecting homeland fronts here in America.  Since I've been back I still feel the same way," explained Cpt. Simon.

Sgt. Brown said there could be a large deployment from Washington state this summer, including troops from the Yakima Valley.

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