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Faith and Practice
Veterans Recognize The Beginning of the 10th Year of War in Afghanistan
by Gil Field, La Jolla Meeting
President, SD Veterans for Peace
October 7th marked the beginning of the 10th year of war in Afghanistan.
To recognize this, the San Diego Veterans For Peace set up their "Arlington West" Memorial in the lawn in front of the USS Midway Museum on Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th, 2010. The memorial, based on the famous military cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, is an attempt by the San Diego Veterans For Peace to honor the fallen in Afghanistan, while educating the public to the overall cost of war. The memorial was set up by veterans and volunteers beginning at 8 AM on Saturday morning and for the first time ever was left up over night until late Sunday evening. An honor guard of veterans slept and kept watch at the site all night Saturday night.
During the day, volunteers were encouraged to read the names of the fallen soldiers in the 9 years of war to date, and food was provided to homeless veterans and non-veterans who live in and around the USS Midway.
Here's a video link to a Ch8 News story & interview with Jan Ruhman:
Link to website with moving night time photos of the crosses, flags and candles: