October 13th, 2011
Downtown Los Angeles, California
Photos by EMS, Jennfier Leigh Strauss and Michael Roach
PROJECT: REMEMBER, created by street activist LEBA was designed to raise awareness to and honor the lives of US soldiers lost in Afghanistan. In the evening hours of October 13th in LEBA led five groups of volunteers in releasing 1600+ balloons, each lit and tagged with the name of a fallen solider, from the rooftops of five downtown LA scrapers downtown LA. The impressively sized project is aimed at raising public awareness of the lives lost at war, and also encourage public action to support the return of troops still in Afghanistan.
It has taken 10 years, 1600 United States military dead, and over 1 million civilians killed, to kill one man, Osama Bin Laden. Now that we’ve got him, it’s time to heal our country. Let’s support our troops by bringing them home, to their families and lives, before we add one more balloon to the sky. – LEBA