Tuesday, March 25, 2008
4000: Lights 4 Life
Crossing what I've come to think of as the Susan Leal Crosswalk in front of City Hall, a man in a wheelchair was making his way on Monday evening to a grim commemoration.
The Veterans For Peace (Chapter 69) and the Bob Basker Post of the American Legion (#315) were sponsoring a "temporary memorial and tribute to the 4000 Fallen Soldiers of the Iraq War."
The "conceptual art piece" consisted of 4,000 plastic cups with tea candles in them.
To keep them from blowing away in the plaza's windy expanse, the small crowd was nailing the plastic cups into the ground.
The group seemed to be evenly divided between military veterans...
...and longtime peace activists.
Mayor Gavin Newsom made a quick pit stop to see what was happening before being whisked away by two drivers/bodyguards in his ecologically irresponsible black town car.
Cindy Sheehan, who is running against the war-enabling Nancy Pelosi for Congress, also appeared but she seemed to be there for the duration and was staying on the sidelines with Quaker friends.
People tried to light the candles but the wind was too strong to keep the flames going for very long. I left before the reading of the names of the last 1,000 young soldiers killed in Iraq while not so silently cursing everyone responsible for the abomination that is the United States invasion and occupation of Iraq.