|Arlington West in Santa Monica|
I asked Arlington West volunteer Linda Marasa what changes she has noticed over the years. She told me the tone of visitors has changed. She seldom meets any passerby who is offended by the memorial. People seem to feel the need to bring the soldiers home more than ever. Veteran and antiwar activist S. Brian Willson, who lost his legs while protesting an arms shipment to the Nicaraguan Contras, thinks the memorial's visual statement is a powerful reminder of the cost of war. He believes since there is no direct taxation for funding war and no draft, it is easy for most Americans to detach themselves from what is going on. But the memorial is a constant reminder that we are still at war. Willson thinks the memorial should be much bigger than it is, with markers for each dead Iraqi, Afghan, and Pakistani killed too.
The Veterans for Peace plan to continue setting up the memorial every Sunday until the war is over. They hope another war isn't started before this one ends.
To see more images and read more about Arlington West check out my set on flickr from years past.
|Carrying out coffin|
|Bringing Attention to Military Suicides|
|Santa Monic Beach on Sunday|
|Adam J Crumpler|
|Visitor at Arlington West|