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A visit to Arlington New York State and the Iraq Memorial to Life

Updated on April 30, 2013

It took place on May 29, 2010 at South Beach on Staten Island

I was told it was next to the popular Ocean Breeze Pier.
I was told it was next to the popular Ocean Breeze Pier.
The view of the pier from around a half a mile away.
The view of the pier from around a half a mile away.
Just a little further to it.
Just a little further to it.

Upon my arrival at it

My first view of it
My first view of it
Many people on the Boardwalk stopped by for a look and reflection.
Many people on the Boardwalk stopped by for a look and reflection.
Sally Jones talks about Peace Action of Staten Island.
Sally Jones talks about Peace Action of Staten Island.
James Aliziado and his wife told me they were deeply moved.
James Aliziado and his wife told me they were deeply moved.
Why?
Why?

I went below to take a closer look

Elaine Brower of Military Families Speak Out - New York reads the names of U.S. military personnel whose lives have been taken in both the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations.
Elaine Brower of Military Families Speak Out - New York reads the names of U.S. military personnel whose lives have been taken in both the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations.
How many more crosses will be used next year?
How many more crosses will be used next year?
Elaine still reading the names of the deceased. She was at it a long time.
Elaine still reading the names of the deceased. She was at it a long time.

Iraq Memorial To Life

Next to Arlington New York State was the Iraq Memorial To Life
Next to Arlington New York State was the Iraq Memorial To Life

As dusk approached, candles with protective cups were placed with the boots and certain memorial markers

Elaine took a break from her reading of the names of the deceased...
Elaine took a break from her reading of the names of the deceased...
then posed for a photo.
then posed for a photo.
I met Doug Mackey, founder of the Iraq Memorial to Life.
I met Doug Mackey, founder of the Iraq Memorial to Life.
A shot of me before it got dark.
A shot of me before it got dark.

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      American Romance 7 years ago from America

      Glad you made it, seems our President doesn't have time for his country today.

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      Robert Ross 7 years ago

      These photos make it very clear that war is destruction and death. There may be times when war is necessary, but not this time, not in Iraq and not in Afganistan. It wasn't necessary in Vietnam either.

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      Addie 7 years ago

      Michael, it was a pleasure to meet you and I have to say your photo's are excellent. I got them from Leigh from Peace Please. Perhaps next year we won't have to do this again. Peace to you and yours.

      Addie

      I was the one lighting the candles.

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      Seahawk Wang-Radojcic 7 years ago

      Your picture are great and hope they will remaining all of us to pray for all these innocent souls that served and gave own life for our FREEDOM.

      God Bless America.

      Seahawk Wang-Radojcic

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