The cemetery-like installation features photos
and brief biographies of military personnel who have died in Iraq.
Photo: Jennifer McNulty
Additional Photos by Tom Vani
November 8, 2004
Memorial to U.S. military dead on display
at UCSC until November 10
By Jennifer McNulty
An emotionally powerful art installation commemorating the deaths
of more than 1,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq will be on
display in the grassy quad between Colleges Nine and Ten through
Monterey antiwar activist and Army veteran Ed Leeper created
the memorial, which has also been displayed in Montereys
Window on the Bay Park.
The cemetery-like installation features photos and brief biographies
of each man and woman who has died in Iraq. Leeper, a veteran
of the Korean and Vietnam wars, said he fears that President
Bush will reinstate the draft.
The mood was somber on an overcast morning last week as students
and others quietly milled around the installation, some peering
closely at the photos, noting the age of the deceased or the
cause of death.
Maya Pope-Chappell, a junior American studies major from Oakland,
took in the installation with her friend Brandy Clark-Smith,
a senior business management major also from Oakland. Both women
said they wished the installation had been in place before the
November 2 election. I wish it had been up sooner,
The UCSC installation is the result of a collaboration by
students in the community studies course Theory and Practice/Resistance
and Social Movements, taught by Assistant Professor Paul
Ortiz, and the College Ten Social Justice and Community cocurricular
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