42 Months: Veterans for Peace
A memorial conceived & organized by Rose Anne Featherston
Which took place Sunday, September 10, 2006
In Bellingham, Washington
The local artist, Rose Anne Featherston, along with about 260 volunteers, drew 2,664 chalk outlines of soldiers killed in Iraq on 26 lineal blocks of sidewalks in the downtown area. Ms Featherston stated plainly that no political statement nor protest was intended. She said, "I hope to unite the community in this tribute to & recognition of the sacrifice made by the 2,633-plus U.S. servicepersons who have died in the war in Iraq. May this also honor their families. In addition, '42 Months' is a tribute to the 41,000 - 45,000 civilians reported killed by military intervention in Iraq." The event was approved by the city, & remained on display till washed away in the past few days by the first end of Summer & beginning of Fall rains.
I started photographing the event just past 9:00AM when it started, & quit shooting at about noon as people began arriving to see the drawings & remember the dead.
Most of the seventy-four pictures here are treated in saturated black & white, which makes them rather painful to look at, as looking at them should be.