New York has many meaningful tributes to the horrors of war, but the one that resonated with me the most was at Marble Collegiate Church on W 29 St. The fence around the church was covered with thousands of streaming ribbons, each bearing the name of a solider who died in the Iraq War.
It was a simple, stunning memorial, one that effectively removed the politics from the Iraq war and focused on the real consequences.
Gold ribbons are prayers for soldiers lost in the war and their family and friends left behind.
Blue ribbons are prayers for the Iraqis affected by the war.
Green ribbons are prayers for peace in the Middle East.