Thursday, March 8th, 2007 at 11:45 am in Crosses.
Witnesses said the most heated discussion today’s rally involved parents of military members of slain in Iraq.
The privately-owned Lafayette hillside now has 3,188 white crosses, dozens of which feature the name of a serviceman killed at war.
Several parents of the named troops at the hillside today passionately told hillside activists that they have no right to use their child’s name without permission.
“I understand they’re emotional, and that’s why Jeff Heaton (who spearheaded the crosses) decided not to put any more names up,” said Chris Donton, a hillside volunteer from Alameda.
Donton said there are no plans to take down the names currently on display. He said the names are considered public record.
“We think there are individuals who would like to have their family members’ names up there, but no one has come forward yet,” Donton said.
– Malaika Fraley