The Iran experience can be understood through the range of signage throughout the country. Billboards, murals, and placards commemorate the half million Iranian martyrs who died in the Iran-Iraq War; these frequently commemorate individuals from the neighborhoods in which they are installed. Anti-American murals cover the walls of the former U.S. Embassy and additional political signs containing similar messages are found throughout the country. Religious signs remind the population of important behavioral guidance from the Koran. In addition, some of the advertising signage which appears alarming to Westerners triggered by fears of Iran are actually innocuous promotional messages.