“Ascension”, a composition by Daniel ben Avrám




    Please join local designers (architects, landscape architects and artists) as we explore the memorial’s next steps:
    Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
    Gilmartin Building 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
    We plan breaks: please bring snacks and drinks
    Space is limited: RSVP to Baika Pratt (baika2@gmail.com)

Read the powerful new poem by Fred Norman on our poetry page,
which pretty much belongs to Fred anyway, and rightly so:

Poetry Page

I sang a song I composed a year ago last Good Friday, in honor of my brother, David Reuben Zwickel. You may down load a PDF of it. Feel free to share it widely:

It Is Healng That I Seek


    Located on the corner of Deer Hill and Oak Hill Road,
    across from the Lafayette BART station.

    DIRECTIONS: From Oakland/ Berkeley: Take highway 24 east to the Oak Hill Road exit. Turn left. Turn left again on Deer Hill. The crosses are ahead on the right, and parking on the left. From Concord/ Walnut Creek: Take highway 24 west to the Central Lafayette exit. Turn left on Deer Hill Road. The crosses are on the right, and parking on the left.

    Sponsored by:

    The Crosses of Lafayette

    Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center

     Lamorinda Peacem& Justice Group

    Buddhist Peace Fellowship

    All notices here have been archived to the bottom of this page. To read them, click on the graphic below:

North of Hwy. 24, Lafayette, Mt. Diablo Bio-region, California

       I’ve seen the Lafayette crosses. I’ve been working for peace and against war’s madness all my adult life. But not until I heard Laura Zucker’s music with Ko Blix’ photo compilation did I cry my eyes out.
       The clear, heartfelt earnestness of the people in the photos and the words on their signs, the posted notice of Marie Coon’s death by her own hand … and then “following a leader or following a hearse” and I just lost it.
       Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Mike Ferner
Veterans For Peace


In November of 2006 residents of Lafayette, CA and neighboring towns began to put up crosses above Deer Hill Rd acoss from the Lafayette commuter rail station and Highway 24. The crosses are meant to represent and memorialize the American soldiers who have died in the ongoing Iraqi war. A large sign above the crosses displays of the number war dead. By the end of March 2008, a cross has been put up for each of the 4000 troops who have died. During its existence the memorial has rallied awareness of thecost of the Iraqi war and garnered wide media coverage. However, it has also evoked anger, contreversy, legal threats, at least two acts of vandalism and more recently, counter protests.

Mission Statement (from Chris Eaton’s Weblog)

This video web log is a multimedia exploration of the Lafayette, CA memorial to the more than three thousand US soldiers killed in Iraq. Here we critically interogate the phenomena of anti-war activism in afluent suburbs, why it has provoked controversy and why has it received country wide media coverage. We further ask what do the efforts for and against the memorial signify for the state of American life and if the memorial suggests a shift in the cultural and demographic climate of the suburban Bay Area.

Rather than "accurately" report on the memorial project, lafayettecrosses.blogspot.com seeks to expand perspective and understanding of life in the United States. We hope that the expanded understanding encompasses the political, legal, religious, symbolic and emotional elements of American lives, their interactions and their media. Perhaps a better understanding of home will guide us towards a new path abroad. I hope this new path brings the troops home immediatley.

All of my footage (but not all of that which I link to) is under a creative commons licence. Feel free use it in whatever way, however I'd like to hear about it if you do.

Chris was raised in Lafayette and currently lives in Oakland. He graduated from Acalanes High School in 2002 and Brown University in 2006. Chris is pursuing a career in media. His homepage is www.chriseaton.net, keeps the blog afuturedistributed.blogspot.com, and he can be contacted at christopheaton[at]gmail(dot)com



  • We had a beautiful Veterans Day vigil, with passionate words from Chris Donton, Jeff Heaton, Lynn MacMichael and others, with, of course, a special poem from Fred Norman, whose book of his poetry is now available by e-mailing him, for a $5 donation to help with materials for the Crosses. His latest has been posted on our Poetry Page.)

  • I sang a song in honor of my father, Abraham, one of the thousands of unacknowledged veterans who served as conscientious objectors. You may listen to it here.

  • Read Fred Norman’s offering for this year: We Are Family
  • Among the many fine pieces on the hunger strike at Guantánamo is this interview of Code Pink’s Diane Wilson
  • Video from KRON 4 by Scott Rate, Memorial Day at the Crosses, 2013
  • A Report on the gathering this year. To read, click here.
  • The Crosses domain has been registered as both a .net and .com, for the convenience of those (like me!) who cannot always remember the extension.