4733 and counting..... The Crosses at Lafayette
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Sometime in November of 2006 the residents of Lafayette, CA and surrounding towns started to put up crosses above Deer Hill Rd across from the Lafayette Bay Area Rapid Transit station and Highway 24. The crosses are meant to represent and memorialize the American soldiers who have died in the ongoing Iraqi war. A large sign above the crosses on top of the hill displays of the number soldiers who died. When I stopped by this afternoon the number is 4733 soldiers who have died and it's generally updated once in a while, I am not sure how often. During its existence the memorial has started awareness of the cost of the Iraqi war and garnered wide media coverage. However, it has also evoked anger, controversy, legal threats, and a few acts of vandalism and counter protests. Some of the crosses are more personalized with a photo, a beret and a shirt.
My heroes, are the soldiers who didnt make it back, gave up the most precious thing one can ever have, their lives, and their families and loved ones who have to learn how to go on with out them, and to the ones who came back, injured and disabled and the ones who didn't get hurt physically maybe but emotionally scarred.... my heroes each and every one of them who fought and serve this country unconditionally. To all of them my endless gratitude, respect and love because of them I am free to live and breathe.... and love.
Also by Mayette Ignacio
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