4733 and counting..... The Crosses at Lafayette

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© Mayette Ignacio
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UploadedSeptember 9, 2008
TakenSeptember 9, 2008
Exposure1/60 sec at f/6.3
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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.

34 responses

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    Very moving photo and commentary, mayette. Nicely done.

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    They are all heroes.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    very neat shot may - I like what you've done here. moving message too.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    Cool effect.

  • Tim McKinney

    Tim McKinney said (11 Sep 2008):

    Very moving capture. Haven't been up there yet but will soon.

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson (Deleted) said (11 Sep 2008):

    This is poignant and so well done.

  • Mig

    Mig gave props (11 Sep 2008):


  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (12 Sep 2008):

    Amen - wonderfull written and very emotional

  • Trish

    Trish gave props (13 Sep 2008):

    Very appropriate entry. I am familiar with this memorial and it moves me every time I see it. Well done.

  • B M

    B M gave props (14 Sep 2008):

    Great message and photo

  • Barbara Gerstner

    Barbara Gerstner gave props (14 Sep 2008):

    Wow.....sadly beautiful.....

  • K.A. Hughes

    K.A. Hughes gave props (16 Sep 2008):

    What a wonderful way to honor those who have given so much. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (28 Sep 2008):

    amazing capture. it makes me feel all quiet inside. thanks for this.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (3 Oct 2008):

    Moving photo.

  • bette Lee

    bette Lee gave props (22 Oct 2008):

    I like the representation of the Star of David and the half moon, (my apologies if I didn't refer to it correctly), among the crosses.

  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz gave props (23 Oct 2008):

    I passed it yesterday and it's over 4,800.... your shot is poignant.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    Amen and great capture.

  • christopher cordes

    christopher cordes said (4 Dec 2008):

    Great shot, its a really moving tribute to the soldiers. I like that you got a few different types of memorials in your shot. I have a shot on the site as well, taken at night.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (4 Jan 2009):


  • molly .

    molly . gave props (17 May 2009):

    very moving. good capture.

  • Cjor

    Cjor gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    Wow, that's a powerful shot. You've made some great photos

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    Well done Mayette.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (5 Mar 2010):

    I came back to vote!

  • Bermi Shutter

    Bermi Shutter gave props (13 Mar 2010):


  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) said (16 Mar 2010):

    I am back to vote.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    Interesting soft contrast of colours and s matter

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2010):

    "All gave some, some gave all". We owe them an undying debt of gratitude. A wonderful tribute, May. voted.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (27 Mar 2010):

    a lovely, poignant image

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (7 Apr 2010):

    Voted! Incredible narrative to go with this poerful photo!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (14 Apr 2010):

    "At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them."

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (24 Apr 2010):

    Great capture and story.....thank you!! my vote

  • abel

    abel gave props (18 May 2010):

    Yes, got my vote.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

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