Respecting Iraq War Casualties in Downtown DC

If you’re in downtown Washington DC, say at the corner of 18th and K Streets NW, take a moment and look up.

There you will see this banner on a building corner that tastefully and apolitically honors and mourns the American military personnel wounded or killed in the Iraq War.

More than any Code Pink fast, this very simple and somber symbol brings the war’s terrible cost to my conscious thought. Today’s count: 27,405 wounded and 3,706 killed.

Thank you, building owners of 1799 K Street NW, for your respect of those who are giving their blood, their lives, for their country. May you be lucky enough not to have family in either count.

6 Comments so far

  1. Mary De Luca (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    I was down there taking pics of this banner a few days ago. A woman- walking on the street looked up at what I was doing and said to me- “I walk by here everyday and never noticed this.”

    People need to wake up and look at what’s happening!

  2. dcboy (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    “More than any Code Pink fast, this very simple and somber symbol brings the war’s terrible cost to my conscious.”

    Wouldn’t that be *conscience*?

    This doesn’t inspire my confidence in your earnest sympathy for the war casualties.

  3. Wayan (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    DC Boy, I very much meant conscious and not conscience.

  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    Fairly sure you can’t have something brought to your conscious. Generally, in that case, conscious is used as an adjective: “Conscious mind”, etc.

  5. Wayan (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

    Its now fixed in the conscious thoughts of us all.

  6. David (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

    I walked by that at least once a week while working at the GSA for a while… I always wanted to post about it. Yeah, as it is, most folks never look up. I love walking through cities and look above street level, there are tons of clever and poignant things going on just above sight line.

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