Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

(PICS) Arlington East on Cape Cod National seashore (DIALUP WARNING)

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU
 
unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 11:38 AM
Original message
(PICS) Arlington East on Cape Cod National seashore (DIALUP WARNING)
Edited on Sun Oct-15-06 12:36 PM by unhappycamper
The Cape Codders for Peace and Justice, Code Pink, and the Veterans for Peace installed the first Arlington East on Coast Guard Beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham, MA yesterday. It was a perfect New England Indian summer day.

Veterans from the WW II. Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars came from all over the country to help us build this memorial for those who have died in the Iraq war. Code Pink members from all over MA were there. Veterans For Peace chapters from NY, ME, NH and RI were there. This is not a complete list; I was kinda busy working on the exhibit & did not have the chance to talk to everyone.

The building of the exhibit merits a story of its own. Many Peace groups and individuals across New England helped build, assemble, and install the crosses and markers. A lowball estimate of the time required to cut, paint and assemble the crosses is about 1,800 hours. A family of 4 from Connecticut who were vacationing saw an article in the Cape Cod Times about the project. The entire family Mom, Dad, and two teenage children spent two days of their Cape Cod vacation painting the wood that would be used to assemble crosses.

Before the pictures start, I want to give a special thanks to the National Park Service Rangers of Coast Guard Beach for their assistance, understanding and support to make this event a success. They were superb.

I checked http://icasualties.org/oif / at 4:45AM and found that 2,759 men and women had died as a result of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The Cape Codders for Peace and Justice created a exhibit of 213 markers memorializing the deaths of Iraqi children. This exhibit and the field of American crosses made up the display.

All markers were three feet apart in all directions. The Iraqi children memorial was placed on the front left of this exhibit. Total row width was 51; total length of the exhibit was 558 (186 rows.) Somewhere between 80~100 volunteers helped us build Arlington East; it took us a little over six hours from start to finish.

Up here in New England, sunrise is around 6:50AM these days. We started unloading crosses at daybreak (6:15 AM or so.)




Carting the crosses to the beach. The distance from where the truck was parked to the beginning of the exhibit was about 125 yards (114 m); distance to the end of the display was about 310 yards (283 m.) Thats a whole lot of carrying.





Setting the Iraqi markers signifying the deaths of Iraqi children. The smooth sand to the left of this exhibit is the high tide line. When we started construction around 7ish, the waters edge was in this part of the exhibit.



Construction









A family paying their respects



You can see the construction teams working at both the front and the back of the field





A few pics of the completed exhibit







At noon we had a non-denominational service to honor those who have died in the Iraq war and occupation. We gathered around a campfire for prayers, comfort, and words of support





Taps were played



Heres a view from the front





A walk along the beach on the ocean side of the exhibit





By 2:30PM, the tides were coming in & we needed to take down the display before it went underwater.







Mother Nature at work





After everything was removed, the team made a final sweep across the beach to make sure the beach was as pristine when we left as it was when we arrived.





A few final thoughts

2,759 is more than a number.

If the recent Lancet reports of 655,000 Iraqi deaths are true, a field of markers representing that tragedy 51 wide (15.55 m) would be 21.14 miles (34.02 km) long.

To all the volunteers on the Arlington East project who gave their time and effort to make this happen: thank you. Words cannot express gratitude for what you have done.

To the Santa Barbara chapter of the VFP: thank you for your creative genius in creating Arlington West, and for the guidance you offered as we worked our way through the issues.

On a final note, the Cape Cod chapter of the VFP is planning to make this beach exhibit available for those who wish to bring Arlington East to the beaches across New England. Well be working on logistics, etc. through the winter months & will get the word out when were ready to rock & roll. I fervently hope we can show this from Connecticut to Maine.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 11:41 AM
Response to Original message
1. thank you. n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 11:42 AM
Response to Original message
2. Really nice. Well done!! nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 11:43 AM
Response to Original message
3. This is so moving, uhc. Thanks for sharing. My
appreciation goes out to all who took part in this emotional project, and my heart goes out to the families of those you have honored.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 11:47 AM
Response to Original message
4. Thanks for posting these pics
:cry:

They're beautiful.

Each of those markers could represent 237 Iraqi Civilians along with the US soldier, that would be another way to look at it.

It's such a powerful thing to see. I saw the setup at Camp Casey in DC last year and I just crumbled to the ground and wept. Same thing happens everytime I see pics of it. Devastating.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 11:59 AM
Response to Original message
5. Beautiful.
Great work, y'all. K&R.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 12:03 PM
Response to Original message
6. Thanks for all you and VFP do UHC
:thumbsup:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 12:08 PM
Response to Original message
7. Wow! Thanks UNC and PVD, and all the others who led this effort.
I have a lump in my throat.

Thank you for honoring the Iraqi children, too.
:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
AlamoDemoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 12:09 PM
Response to Original message
8. WOW! Thank you...K&R
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 12:23 PM
Response to Original message
9. Kick!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 12:25 PM
Response to Original message
10. Those are nice comma's! nt
Edited on Sun Oct-15-06 12:26 PM by Quixote1818
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 12:27 PM
Response to Original message
11. k&r
:patriot:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 12:29 PM
Response to Original message
12. Thanks for posting this
:kick:

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
AlamoDemoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 12:39 PM
Response to Original message
13. kick

:kick:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 02:20 PM
Response to Original message
14. There is also an Arlington Midwest
Run by the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition. Contact them at http://nwopc.org / if your group is interested in hosting the display somewhere in the midwest.

Some recent photos of it in Michigan:




Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 03:19 PM
Response to Original message
15. Thanks for Sharing
and for everything you do :hug:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
PuraVidaDreamin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 04:58 PM
Response to Original message
16. Ken your vigilance payed off nicely. I believe I kicked my ass!
And ask Katinmn- That's a fricken tough thing to do.

So many volunteers- and Everyone wanted to help.
It was as if....Finally, there is something physical
I can do to try and stop this insanity.

Ken- your stressing yourself to the max drove me crazy
but your striving for perfection was cleary a winner!

Tears, love and hope for a peaceful future were
felt throughout the day. I love you man!
Thanks for the beautiful photo documentary.

An amazing front page plus photos with story from
the Cape Cod Times
http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/thehuman15.htm

By K.C. MYERS
STAFF WRITER
EASTHAM - Her son taught nursery school. He was a case worker for mentally retarded adults. And he was a member of Pennsylvania National Guard who hoped the military would help him pay for his education.

Sgt. Sherwood Baker, 30, lost his life on April 26, 2004, when shrapnel from a nearby explosion in Iraq struck him in the back of his head, said his mother, Celeste Zappala of Pennsylvania.

His death is what brought Zappala to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham yesterday, where her son's cross stood among about 2,800 small grave markers plunged into the sand, each representing a U.S. soldier who has died in Iraq. Headstones nearby represented some of the Iraqi children killed in the war.

On a clear day, they stretched as far as the eye could see. The erection of ''Arlington East: The Human Cost of War'' took more than 200 volunteers in excess of six hours. They started at dawn, and would only begin to take down the grave markers after a rendition of Taps was played at 6 p.m., said Diane Turco, of

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 07:47 PM
Response to Reply #16
19. Thank you, my Friend.
Your passion, and all of those who are part of the Arlington East experience, powered me. We did it; I am very, very pleased.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 06:24 PM
Response to Original message
17. This old vet says Thank you...
:patriot:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 06:31 PM
Response to Original message
18. Wow how beautiful!
Thanks for your hard work and for sharing your wonderful pictures.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
volstork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 10:14 PM
Response to Original message
20. thank you for sharing
what a tragic and moving sight
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-16-06 12:26 AM
Response to Original message
21. Thank you for your part in this, unhappycamper.
:thumbsup:

:kick: and recommended.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-16-06 04:52 AM
Response to Original message
22. I wish the Iraqis could see this
It bothers me terribly that they undoubtedly think this is what the American people are doing to them. No, it's that we have an immoral, corrupt government, like they did (now they have no government at all, to speak of). It is not we the American people who are killing their children, this is the act of morally bankrupt, corrupt individuals who will do anything for a dollar.

And now we see 50 American soldiers dead this month alone. How long can this go on?

Thank you, thank you, thank you unhappy camper, for what you are your colleagues did.




Cher
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Tue Jun 27th 2017, 04:04 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC