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Veterans for Peace: Arlington West Santa Monica


santa monica beach veterans for peace

Each Sunday from sunrise to sunset, a temporary memorial is set up by Veterans for Peace next to the Santa Monica Pier, memorializing the military personnel killed in the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars.

santa monica beach veterans for peace

Each white cross equals one dead. The red crosses equal ten military personnel killed. The crosses don’t necessarily signify religious affiliation.

santa monica beach veterans for peace

The coffins represent military killed during the past week.

santa monica beach veterans for peace

As the sign says, if we were to acknowledge the number of Iraqi deaths, the memorial would fill the entire beach.

From the website: “Veterans For Peace is a global organization of military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.”

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

24 thoughts on “Veterans for Peace: Arlington West Santa Monica

  1. Your photos are so moving, Roslyn…I’m at a loss for words. Thank you for this.


  2. Thank you so much for posting this. Lest we forget…


  3. Thank you for the post, Roslyn.


  4. Such a moving sight, Roslyn. Such dedication to their cause is commendable. Lest we forget.


  5. Ros. This is a life-changer. These photographs should be picked up and moved by AP. Great and moving work, my friend.

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  6. For centuries we have used war to conquer and end conflicts and it has done nothing but make matters worse and taken too many good lives. It is time To Give PEACE A Chance, as John Lennon so aptly put it!


  7. Your captures are poignant and thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing them.


  8. There’s no way for me to write about this loss in a peaceful way. I’m happy the vets are taking a stand for peace and doing something about it. their dedication and work is so important and it matters.


    • At least there is some public recognition… it’s a great spot as tourists from all over the US and the world stop and look.


  9. Very powerful message!


  10. Beautiful light and images!


  11. This puts the deaths in perspective. Thanks for sharing.


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