Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Lafayette Memorial and The Eye of the Beholder

Citizen activists in Lafayette, CA have begun erecting a memorial to the dedicated soldiers killed in Iraq. Sadly, some residents don't want to be reminded of this ongoing tragedy and are going to ask the Lafayette City Council to remove at least the sign if not the crosses. "IN MEMORY OF" feels like a memorial to me, however painful.

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I was at the "Eyes Wide Open" memorial sponsored by American Friends on March 26, 2005 in San Francisco. It was very moving and many, many American deaths ago and a huge number of Iraqi deaths ago.
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Does the picture above seem like a tribute or a protest to you? How about this photo from the same Memorial?
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More to come.

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