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.
Each white cross equals one dead. The red crosses equal ten military personnel killed. The crosses don’t necessarily signify religious affiliation.
The coffins represent military killed during the past week.
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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