Thursday, March 8th, 2007 at 10:05 am in Crosses.
More than 200 people have gathered at the Crosses of Lafayette today for a rally in support of U.S. military troops in Iraq.
A dirt path divides the sidewalk-side supporters with peace activists standing on a hillside filled with 3,188 white crosses that represent the members of the military killed in Iraq.
Nearly everyone has an American flag in hand.
The event has been peaceful so far, as police stand by opposing groups debating the conflict in Iraq.
Louise Clark, who owns the hillside borrowed by activists to erect the crosses, was part of one of many confrontations here today.
“We’ll never understand you, and you’ll never understand us,” a man told Clark before angrily walking off.
Clark, a longtime Lafayette resident, said she welcomes the dialogue about the war.
“I think it’s about time we had a discussion about the massacre — the massacre of our own people,” said Clark, pointing at the crosses.
“I think this what America is all about,” Clark said.
— Malaika Fraley