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Monday, December 13, 2004
Faces of the Fallen

 Fallen but not Forgotten
Due to overwhelming popular demand, the College of Marin in northern California recently put out a press release stating that they will extend the showing of their moving art exhibit commonly known as Faces of the Fallen.  The exhibition displays over 1100 student art portraits of U.S. military service members killed in Iraq and now will be available to the public until February 22nd.  Listen to the 5-minute WBUR On Point Radio Diary interview (real audio) with the exhibit creator, Professor of Fine Arts, Chester Arnold.

While the NY Times images of young American lives cut short in Iraq inspired Professor Arnold to create his student art exhibit, I was shaken and saddened by the Faces of the Fallen section in the Washington Post in a more left-brain, quantitative manner.  The WaPo Faces of the Fallen web section is tightly designed.  In other words, given the nominal thumbnail image size requirements of each U.S. service member, there is only so much room on their database-driven web page template to display them.

 American Hero

Each page generated by the date range drop-down menu can display a maximum of 108 Faces of the Fallen.  Unlike our handy month-by-month blogdrive archive calendar, the date range drop-down menu selections have date ranges that vary.  Each full page of 108 images of dead American heroes may span twelve weeks or as little three.

This is the holiday season.  While this time of year honestly means little to me and hasn't since I was five or six years old, it becomes poignant for most military families when dad is deployed in Iraq for Christmas.  I can figure that out all on my own.

Pull down the second drop list on the WaPo Faces of the Fallen page.  For an ever-growing list of American families, this marks the first heart-breaking holiday season that these soldiers will be thought of posthumously.

[Headphones] :: Mosh - Eminem

Posted at 04:11 am by John Furie Zacharias

Dr. God
December 17, 2004   12:53 AM PST
I've been trying so hard to think positively. I don't want him to get shipped off...
J f Z
December 17, 2004   07:37 AM PST
Well, Dr. God, if 'he' is who I think he is, his first goal will be dealing with Ft. Leonardwood, MO.

While that job is likely one used in Iraq's reconstruction efforts, just look at the many Marine unit locations on this page:

Multi-National Force in Iraq is only one of the possible places to be assigned.

If he is assigned there in the Spring, you can get an idea of the situation at the site above, or read their weekly newspaper, The Scimitar, in PDF format:

Read a few issues of the Scimitar. It may help contrast the flood of negative news we nomally get.

I hope it's helpful to you.
Dr. God
December 17, 2004   03:00 PM PST
Thank you.

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