As they have every Sunday since mid-February, 2004, Veterans for Peace and their crew of volunteers will begin placing white crosses in the sand on the beach north of Santa Monica Pier at about 7:30 a.m. this Sunday, Christmas morning.
The crosses are a tribute to the American soldiers who have been killed in the Iraq war, and the field of crosses has more than quadrupled in size since February, 2004. At press time, 2,157 Americans had been killed.
In the nearly two years since the creation of Arloington West, the Veterans for Peace have welcomed people of all political viewpoints, and the families and friends of many of the fallen soldiers have placed photos and flowers on the crosses.
Two documentary films have been shot at Arlington West. On Christmas Day, the crosses will remain in place until dusk.