OBSERVE VETERANS DAY WEEKEND WITH AN "ARLINGTON WEST MEMORIAL"

 
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11/11/2010 - 4:00pm
11/14/2010 - 4:59pm

NEWS ADVISORY

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THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS

SAN DIEGO VETERANS FOR PEACE TO OBSERVE VETERANS DAY WEEKEND WITH AN "ARLINGTON WEST MEMORIAL" IN FRONT OF THE USS MIDWAY MUSEUM DOWNTOWN

Who: San Diego Veterans For Peace, Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter #91, 100 veterans and associates

When: 8 AM, Thursday, November 11th (Veterans Day) continuing through Sunday morning, November 14th

Where: Front lawn area of the USS Midway Museum, Broadway and Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

What:

The local San Diego chapter of the national group Veterans For Peace, working with members of Vietnam Veterans Against The War (VVAW), will observe the Veterans Day weekend by setting up an Arlington West Memorial @ 7:30 am Thursday, November 11th through Sunday 12 noon, November 14th, in honor of the service men and women who have fallen in this conflict. The Arlington West Memorial, modeled after Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Arlington, VA, will display crosses and symbols of other major religions, to honor the 1375+ service personnel killed to date in the Afghanistan conflict. Veterans of all five services will arrive early Thursday morning and will begin setting out the crosses/symbols in front of the USS Midway, with volunteers from all over San Diego assisting. The memorial will remain up and available to the public for four days. At sunset, each day, a candle will be placed at each cross/religious symbol, and an honor guard of veterans will spend the night at the memorial. The memorial will continue in place until Sunday, November 14th, and will be removed Sunday morning. Names and brief biographical information of the fallen will be read each day by veterans and interested volunteers, and there will be information provided to the public about the overall costs of war. In addition, members of the San Diego Veterans For Peace chapter and members of the Vietnam Veterans Against The War (VVAW) will also be providing food and bottled water to the homeless veterans and non-veterans who live in the area surrounding the USS Midway.

Why:

San Diego Veterans For Peace, Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter #91, approximately 100 veterans and associate members, is the local chapter of the 501-C-3 veterans educational and humanitarian organization, Veterans For Peace, and believes that increasing the public awareness of the overall costs of war is the best way to end the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, while preventing the next war. The Arlington West Memorial, by its scope and size, offers the public a glimpse into the number of service personnel killed to date in Afghanistan, and honors each of our brothers/sisters who has fallen.

Issued November 8th, 2010

Contact: Jan Ruhman

858-361-6273

Jan.Ruhman@vetspeak.org