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    Posted November 11, 2012 by
    Lafayette, California
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    Veterans in focus

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    Crosses in Lafayette: A Tribute to the fallen.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     dinalee photographed these images of a hill in Lafayette, California, memorializing over 6000 fallen soldiers who were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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    On a small hill in Lafayette California over 6,000 crosses have been erected and displayed as an on-going tribute and to memorialize the soldiers who have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. This hillside has been marked with controversy, and has sparked anger and even attracted counter protests to it's existence. The hillside is owned by a woman named Louise Clark. He husband was a WWII veteran. However both have passed away, but volunteers tirelessly continue to maintain the site. Jeff Heaton was the man who started the installation and his contact info can be found in one of the pics.
    The San Jose Mercury news won several awards for their coverage of the installation, but it was citizen journalists who broke the story first. Here is a link toa blog created over the Crosses in Lafayette. I posted pictures on Flickr when it was first started.

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