Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Labels: Crosses of Lafayette
Monday, March 24, 2008
4,000 casulties; instant vigil today
Thank you for signing up for the instant vigil list. We will gather at the Crosses of Lafayette tomorrow evening March 24th at 6pm to commemorate the 4000 America soldiers who have died in the Iraq War. We have not yet planned the agenda.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES TO COME BY FORWARDING THIS POST.
U.S. Deaths Confirmed By The DoD:
Reported U.S. Deaths Pending DoD Confirmation: 8
DoD Confirmation List
Friday, March 21, 2008
abc7news covers 5th anniversary of war vigil
Here's a part of the transcript from the video that we should all reflect on:
John Jensen from Kennsington came to honor his nephew, a casualty of war, after he returned home.
"When he returned he killed himself," said Jensen.
Jensen says American soldiers were attacked by suicide bombers and while trying to protect themselves they also killed innocent people.
"And so they tell them to stay back, don't come any closer, they don't understand English, so they would just kill them," said Jensen.
He wonders how many American soldiers are facing the same moral struggle his nephew faced.
"We all have a mindset of who we are and what our values are and the military tries to change that so that you can do what they need you to do, and it doesn't change forever. People flashback and they want to be who they were when they left," said Jensen.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
5th Anniversary of War - Vigil Tonight
There will be a vigil at the Crosses of Lafayette form 5-8pm. Lynn M. is the point person.
NO CANDLES, BRING A FLASHLIGHT
USE THE CROSSWALKS
TELL A FRIEND
THIS WILL BE A PEACEFUL VIGIL WITHOUT A PLANNED PROGRAM
Also the instant vigil when US troop casualties have reached 4,000, is still in the works, stay tuned for details.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Instant Vigil When 4,000 Have Died
Jeff and Baika wrote in an email:
Just wanted to remind those of you who signed up for instant vigil detail (if you are able to avail yourselves) that we do plan an instant vigil when we reach 4000. Normally we go by www.icasualties.org but we'll go with the flow of the media, should that come in sooner. The count is 3988 as of Saturday. We are paying close attention to this and we also realize that this number is not accurate and that we surpassed the 4000 mark long ago. This number is what the Gold Star Moms go by. We are formulating a plan for the evening at the moment to begin at 6PM.
We do not have anything planned for the anniversary date. We did not want to compete with the march in WC event, but are currently talking about having a quiet vigil at the Crosses on Wednesday evening. Stay tuned.
If you are interested in attending the instant vigil please message me at christopheaton[at]gmail[dot]com and I will forward your request to the main memorial organizers
Award Winning Multimedia
Created in May, the peace is a wonderful collage of video, photos, and voice over interviews with people for and against the war and the hillside memorial. It does a good job of recounting the beginings of the memorial, early vandalism, the pro-war rallies held against the memorial and contains many voices supporting or deriding the memorial. It truly is one of the best pieces I've seen and I recommend everyone watch it:
On a tangential note, I would like to point out one voice who's derision does not deride from her feelings about the war. Rather she thinks the crosses representing death have no public place in a wholesome community like Lafayette. This harks back to one of my interests when starting this blog, what does the presence of the memorial mean for and about an affluent suburban community?