Down here in Miami, Veterans for Peace South Florida have once again erected Arlington South Beach to pay tribute to our fallen men and women from Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you’re not in South Florida, perhaps the Veterans for Peace chapter closest to you is doing something similar. If you are in Miami, try to make it by.  It’s an incredibly moving experience.

Members and supporters of Veterans for Peace South Florida Chapter 32 will conduct a Memorial service before sunset, 5pm,  on Monday, May 31st, Memorial Day. During candlelight vigils, participants in will read from the list of Florida’s Fallen to honor and remember the soldiers that have died in the war in Afghanistan.

Arlington South Beach is a memorial of a thousand headstones, like those in the National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia. The replica headstones have been displayed on the lawn of Lummus Park in South Beach since the week before Memorial Day weekend starting on Sunday, May 23rd to commemorate the American Soldiers lost in Afghanistan since 2001. The headstones are marked with the name and age of fallen American soldiers. The headstones display the names and age of American soldiers lost in Iraq on the rear of each marker.

What: Arlington South Beach: Remember the Fallen Memorial Service
Where: Lummus Park lawn east of 901 Ocean Drive between 9th and 10th Streets, Miami Beach, Florida 33139 (South Beach)
When: 5 p.m., Monday, May 31st, 2010
Breakdown: 6:00 p.m., Monday, May 31st, 2010
Sponsors: Veterans for Peace South Florida Chapter 32,
Contact: Dave Patlak, 305-519-4412 or Larry Thorson, 305-331-9938