White Crosses

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Green and white photograph of grassy field with white crosses

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Rows of white crosses, or war memorial markers, are found at U.S. military cemeteries. Although the standard crosses are common representing Christian faith, there are also Star of David to represent Jewish faith, Lutheran Cross, Russian Orthodox Cross, Cross and Crown (First Church of Christ, Scientist), Presbyterian Cross, and white pillars to represent other religions.

Fields of crosses have been used to represent memorial day, patriotism, as well as dissent with war in the media and pop culture. The musical Oh! What a Lovely War notably used the field of crosses as their main promotional image. The Chicago III album depicts soldiers posing in front of crosses as an anti-Vietnam statement from 1971.


CHICAGO III record album insert, anti-Vietnam War Poster, Band in front of cemetery crosses | David Pollack Vintage Posters. (2021). Retrieved 11 January 2021, from https://www.dpvintageposters.com/posters/horizontal-posters/chicago-iiiā€¦

Oh! What a Lovely War. (2020, June 06). Retrieved June 13, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh!_What_a_Lovely_War

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