Friday, May 27, 2011

[SDCPJ] CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - Arlington West Crosses Installation Sunday 8:00 am @ USS Midway


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From: Jan Ruhman <jan.ruhman@vetspeak.org>
Date: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Subject: CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - Arlington West Crosses Installation Sunday 8:00 am @ USS Midway


Veterans & Supporters,
 
 
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED WITH THE SET UP OF THE ARLINGTON WEST MEMORIAL TO THE FALLEN THIS SUNDAY @ 8:00 AM.
 
After discussions with several supporters and chapter members we will have decided to lengthen the Arlington West Memorial Day display to two 2) days and one (1) night. We will set-up of 1,500 crosses plus 500 candles at night and have a sleep over in the park by a few crazy old vets and supporters Sunday night.
 
At 8:00 am this Sunday morning, May 29th, two pick-up trucks will arrive in the park @ 910 Harbor Drive, behind the fantail of the USS Midway, to unload and begin the set-up of the crosses & flags to honor those young men and women who have needlessly lost their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars this Memorial Day weekend.
 
We will be leaving the crosses and flags up all day Sunday and at sunset we will be placing 500 battery operated candles on 1/3 of the crosses that will burn throughout the night until sunrise on Monday morning. 
 
Sunday evening several vets and supporters will be needed to sleep in the park under the canopies in sleeping bags to guard the display and answer questions. Yes I will be one of those crazy vets :-) sleeping in the park Sunday evening  
 
Monday morning an additional display of 67 Tombstones with the names of those kids killed from San Diego County will be set up for the first time. It will be a very personal moving and powerful statement of the cost of war to the families of our neighbors here in San Diego.
 
In the future we hope to add 700+ additional Tombstones for those killed from the State of California. Donations are needed as each Tombstone costs over just over $4.50.
 
So far we have 6 volunteers plus myself for Sunday morning but we need the help of many more as 1,500 is a large number of crosses to set up but, it seems fitting given that we have lost 1,500 + kids Killed In Action (KIA) in Afghanistan alone
 
 If you are willing to volunteers to help set up the crosses for several hours commencing this Sunday morning please reply to me ASAP at jan.ruhman@vetspeak.org
 
If you cannot help on Sunday morning but can volunteer to assist with the take down and storage of the crosses on Monday at 6:00 pm please email me at jan.ruhman@vetspeak.org of your intent to volunteer to assist us with the take down and storage of the crosses. Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
.
Hoa Binh (Peace in Vietnamese)
 
 
Jan A. Ruhman, Member
San Diego Veterans For Peace, Inc.
                     &
San Diego Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc.
Cell phone 858-361-6273 

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