Walk of the Fallen Images

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I built the Walk in 2003 because I knew the mission was NOT accomplished.
I’ve lost a good many pictures I once had when a temporary pc computer did a melt-down. The Walk was built of sandstone from a nearby quarry. The central stones weight about 1/2 a ton, they are the only ones not moved into place by human hands alone. I keep the books of the dead for US and Coalition dead for both Iraq and Afghanistan. We publicly opened the Walk on Nov 8th 2003, and held open days on Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day until 2005. There was a general lack of interest, and I dropped the yearly lightings and went to stringing beads that adorn the central monument, one bead per dead troop. Images may be added to this from time to time.
-First snow

First snow…in 2003 first week of November.Lighting 2004
This was 2004, with a light for every troop dead in Iraq. That night we opened the under an eclipsed moon, blood red in the sky.

This was the year I listed the 2500 names of the dead in Iraq at that time and put them in glass test tubes mounted on the side of the Haven. This picture is just 1000 names.1000 names

Counting beadsIn 2005, reading about the wreck of New Orleans by Katrina, I lost heart for a public night. That was the year I began adorning the Central Stone with beads to count the dead.

A bird’s eye view in spring:
Raven'sEye View photo 2007-Walkoverhead.jpg

And many seasons have passed since, snow falls like a blanket of quiet peace some years…deep,crisp,even-8

And in the winter as all freezes, the Stone is bare at heart of the Walk, the counting beads tenderly carried inside out of the weather…and we await the Spring and hope for peace that never seems to come.Winter stone

11 thoughts on “Walk of the Fallen Images

  1. Thank you for doing this.

    I see far too many self-described liberals and progressives who are quick to spit on the names of those fallen in the same breath as they spit on the organizations and their leaders, those who are significantly responsible for their deaths… neglecting, as you put it, the very much human concept of honoring the fallen.

    • It is hard to say what aggravates me more…knee jerk conservatives or kneejerk liberals — both react like puppets, which makes me want to play “Punch” to their “Judy”!

      • Indeed. And especially aggravating when both kinds refuse to accept that they are not only capable of, but currently doing the thing they’re pointing out the “wicked others” do…

      • Now, it is barely MOnday….don’t pull the cork out of the bottle labeled “We become what we hate” this early in the week!

      • Not so much “we become what we hate” as “we none of us see as often as we ought the similarities between things, because we’re too busy ‘having faith’ in what those in power tell us.”

  2. Nina says:

    What a beautiful way to memorialize the troops!

  3. LanceThruster says:

    Wow. Wonderfully powerful images. Let us not forget the innocent dead and maimed that our misguided military adventurism has produced either.

    My friend’s son was with Marines 1/5 for the fall of Baghdad. When I asked him about his experiences in country he said remorsefully and without hesitation, “We killed people for no reason.”

    • syrbal says:

      Yes, my ritual walk and what little talk there is out there includes all who have died in this pair of misbegotten and overly extended (to profit the war mongering rich) wars.

  4. That’s a great idea, and beautiful pictures that survived. Good work honoring the Dead, whom most people would rather forget as history moves on blind and forgetful.

    • syrbal says:

      Most especially the military dead, as I am forced to admit more and more frequently. I may be a skeptic in the corner losing more and more of my religion; but one thing I know….neglecting the human concept of honoring the fallen should not be countenanced.

      Thank you for your kind words.

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