By Tim Ryan

LAFAYETTE (KCBS) –The small white crosses on a hillside near the Lafayette BART station that represent American service personnel who’ve perished in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drew the patriotic this Memorial Day holiday.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Chris Clausen of Pleasant Hill took his young son Joaquin to educate him about the real meaning of Memorial Day and the huge sacrifices the day memorializes. Young Joaquin is just 14 months old.

“That’s one of the things I really appreciate about this particular memorial, is the visual representation is just very staggering,” said Clausen. “It’s a lot to take in.”

The hillside holds 6,160 crosses, but the number grows each week.

Linda Vaughan of Antioch stopped on her way home from work. She said that when the memorial went up years ago she never imagined it growing so large.

“I’m so proud of my country, and proud of every single person that those crosses represent,” said Vaughan, who lost her 19-year-old military nephew in a stateside accident.

Reportedly 643 of the total deaths represented involved Californians, which is more than 10 percent.

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Comments (4)
  1. Vietnam Vet says:

    Freedom is not free.

    1. Grateful lil ole lady says:

      You’re right, it’s not. You were there when there was little thanks or respect. My friends and I never felt that way. Thank you for being there. You will always have my respect and thanks.

  2. Grateful says:

    So many of our young men and women have given their lives for this country. It’s so sad to see the numbers grow. They really do deserve our thanks and respect.

  3. lemonchiffon says:

    You all deserve our thanks and respect for what you have done to protect this country. Now you deserve to come home to your own families and have a place of honor here, with decent jobs waiting, comprehensive medical coverage, a chance for free continuing education and homes at a price you can afford. Your families need to be given much of the same and stop having to stand in line for welfare while you were gone to make ends meet. We need to start treating you and your families with the respect you deserve!

    Former VA Employee
    SF, CA

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