Arlington West Memorial is designed to provide a site that fosters dialogue and reflection on war. The veterans enlighten about the costs, consequences of war and militarism on the American society.
Each white wooden cross is carefully positioned in the sand with uniformity appropriate to a memorial. The cross was chosen for its simplicity, not for its religious connotation. The memorial provides a place to honor, acknowledge and grieve for the more than 5,500 American soldiers killed in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to reflect upon the more than one million civilian deaths as a consequence of war and occupation in those countries. It also provides a place to reflect upon the current path of U.S. policies abroad and of its consequences domestically as well as shedding light upon the history of the United States.