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Signs of Life :: Iraq War

Virtual Memorials for War Casualties
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Photos of coffins returning from Iraq were prohibited in the early years of the war. But survivors still mourn and need to know that their loved ones are remembered.

Enter the virtual monument. Two websites with near-identical addresses—iraqimemorial. org and—pay tribute to lives lost in the Iraq war.

The first, launched by the artist Joseph DeLappe, accepts proposals for paintings, sculptures, monuments, gardens, and conceptual art to honor Iraqi civilian deaths. The proposals range from the beautiful—a garden in the shape of Iraq—to provocative—backpack bombs that explode with confetti.

The second website, spearheaded by documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald, marks the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq through video memories collected from friends and family of those who died.

— Madeline Ostrander



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