We finally took time to visit...

Lafayette Travel Blog

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We finally decided to exit off of 24 to visit the Lafayette Memorial for those who have died in the Iraq war. We were coming home after spending Friday night in Burlingame. Our original plans were for us to go back to Walnut Creek on Friday, but John took a nap Friday evening that turned into Friday night sleep.

After exiting Alcalanes/Mt. Diablo road, it took us less than 2 minutes to get to the BART parking lot to view the Memorial. The parking lot was near empty since it was a Saturday. We got out and looked at the hill. It makes me sad to know that each cross represents someone's life. By the day we had came, at least 3,248 people have died. I was wondering when the last time the sign was updated.

To get a closer view of the hill, we would've had to walk to the end of the street and then cross the pedestrian walkway - Jaywalking was not allowed and there was a huge sign saying so - so we decided to see what we could from where we were standing. Crosses were everywhere. From the top of the hill, to the far left of the hill, to the far right of the hill...I wondered if there were any behind the hill.

There was one cross with a soldier's hat hanging on it. I wondered if it was really worn by that person. There was another cross that was rainbow colored. Some crosses had names, some were blank. Some had red ribbons tied to the cross. One cross had a note saying "We will not forget you" and another had a photo of someone.

Once we were done taking pictures and looking at it ourselves, we left and drove home. I still drive by this place 5-6 days a week...and more crosses keep dotting that hill...
Amypris says:
Hi Madeline, They are pretty good at keeping the crosses updated. Unfortunately, the numbers keep mounting...
Posted on: Jul 31, 2007
Chokk says:
I cant send a smile to you on this side!
Posted on: May 25, 2007
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