Sunday, February 15, Veterans for Peace put several rows of white crosses in the sand on the beach next to Santa Monica Pier – each cross represented an American soldier who had been killed in the Iraqi war, and that day there were 540 of them.
That was the beginning of Arlington West Memorial, and every Sunday since then, and on certain holidays, the Veterans for Peace and a few volunteers have set up the field of crosses on the beach. Last Sunday there were 1996 crosses.
Countless people visit Arlington West every Sunday, including the families and friends of some of the fallen soldiers.
When 16,000 Angelenos took part in a march for peace in downtown Los Angeles several weeks ago, the Veterans carried 100 flag draped coffins through the streets and, at the end of the march, they lined them up in front of L.A. City Hall.
Over the weekend, the Veterans issued a call for volunteers to join them In a three-day series of events over the Veterans Day weekend, which will include a Veterans Day Procession in Santa Monica on Saturday, November 12th
Specifically, the Veterans are seeking pallbearers to carry 100 coffins along Ocean Avenue
Volunteers are asked to meet before 11:30 a.m. at the Arlington West Memorial, next to the Pier on Saturday. T-shirts will be given to all the volunteers.
The procession will begin at noon.
The Arlington West Memorial will be on display on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 11, 12 and 13. The set-up, for which volunteers are also needed, will begin on Veterans Day, Friday November 11, at 7 a.m. and the memorial will stay in place through Sunday November 13. Take-down will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
People who would like to help are invited to come to the Santa Monica Pier and help set up, take down or just spend some time talking with people as they experience Arlington West, as well as marching with the Veterans For Peace on Saturday.For more information, call: (310) 455-2688