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Vigil On Beach To Mark 2000th Death in Iraq: will take place next Sunday

To mark the death of the 2,000th American soldier in Iraq, the Veterans for Peace will hold a special candlelight vigil on Sunday, October 30, at Arlington West in Santa Monica, to which the public is invited.

Arlington West, a field of crosses that the Veterans set up every Sunday, is located on the Santa Monica Beach north of the Santa Monica Pier.

2,000 crosses will be placed in the sand by Veterans for Peace and volunteers on Sunday morning, in tribute to Iraqi civilians who have died in the war, as well as to the fallen American soldiers.

Flag-draped coffins will be placed in front of the field of crosses, along with a 20-foot long board that contains the names of all the the dead servicemen and women.

Visitors will be invited to write the names of soldiers, personal comments on the crosses, and place fresh flowers by them. They should bring their own candles for the vigil.

At 4:30 p.m., candles will be placed at each cross. The vigil will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Invited guests include members of Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and Iraq Veterans Against the War

Volunteers are encouraged to come early to help set-up or stay late to help break down the temporary cemetery.

Volunteer coordinator Steven Bowers can be reached at (213) 447.5424 or

Veterans for Peace will sponsor a special Veterans Day Weekend program November 11-13 at Arlington West on Santa Monica Beach north of the Pier.

(See story, page 8)

On the day after the 2,000th reported U.S. military death in Iraq, people will gather in communities across America to ask Congress to stop the deaths by stopping the dollars that fund the war. The national demonstrations are being coordinated by the American Friends Service Committee:To find the list of events go to

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