Today was a beach day in Santa Monica. It was sunny with pleasantly warm temperature (70F or 21C), and although the sea was several degrees colder, people were swimming as if it were high summer. Coming from Northeastern Brazil, where the water temperature is much warmer, I chose to walk around and shoot some photos of the beach, the pier, and of the powerful “Arlington West Memorial,” a temporary memorial installed every Sunday on the beach, next to the pier. The crosses are set up at 6:00am on Sunday mornings – rain or shine – and taken down shortly before sunset. The memorial is a project of Veterans For Peace, and similar ones are installed in Santa Barbara and San Diego, CA.