Volunteer Information & Mission Statement

new Sundays at Arlington West Santa Monica

NOTE: Please read the following information for important details about volunteering.

We love volunteers! Our projects are only a dream without you! Every Sunday we setup over 2500 crosses just a few feet north of the Santa Monica pier, and we depend on the strong support we've received from the greater Los Angeles community since we first began putting crosses on the beach on February 15, 2004.

Help is most needed later in the day for take down and storage. Take-down typically begins approximately 3 hours before sunset. Morning setup typically begins or is already in progess by 6am. Setup typically takes about 4-5 hours.

Community Service for High School Students

We offer Community Service hours for high school student graduation requirements. Prior arrangement is strongly recommended so that we can be prepared to acknowledge their contribution. Students must arrive with the appropriate paperwork for us to sign. See below for our contact and office phone numbers.

Areas Where You Can Help

Areas where help is most needed are: careful positioning of crosses, clearing area of debris, sweeping the boardwalk, setting up canopies and tables, assembling and carrying flag draped coffins, and the placing of mementos are all areas where we can use the most help. Maintenance of the archive of the mementos is always needed. Help is also needed for the take down and proper storage of the memorial. Please call us for more information if needed or see our Calendar page for our schedule.

You do not need to be a veteran in order to volunteer on the Arlington West project or to join Veterans For Peace. We do, however, invite all who embrace our vision and Statement of Purpose (shown below) to join us in a common cause around the Arlington West Mission Statement.

Parking Information

new (PLEASE NOTE: a PARKING PASS is REQUIRED in the lower beach level parking lot or on the pier parking area. You MUST purchase a parking pass from the parking lot attendant by 8am. If you arrive prior to 8am and there is no attendant on duty yet, you must purchase your Parking Pass by 8am when there is a parking attendant on duty or they will issue parking violation tickets. NOTE: Veterans For Peace Los Angeles has nothing to do with the parking areas and or the rates for parking in them.

Daily rates for parking on the pier - or in the beach level area parking lot - typically run between $7 to $15 (depending on the season) for an all day parking permit. These parking areas are patrolled by Parking Enforcement and cars DO get ticketed if no pass is displayed on the dash of your car.

Parking is always FREE on a few city streets on Sundays and official holidays. Parking on Main Street in front of City Hall, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Streets are generally good areas to find spots if you arrive early in the day on Sundays. Please read the parking signs carefully.

Santa Monica Weather Information

new WEATHER CONDITIONS: Please check the LOCAL WEATHER REPORT for Santa Monica before arriving. High wind warnings may be in effect from time to time.

See the National Weather Service web site for Santa Monica weather conditions.


Mission Statement of Arlington West Memorial

  • To remember the fallen and wounded
  • To acknowledge the human cost of war
  • To provide a place to grieve
  • To encourage dialogue among people with varied points of view
  • Educate the public about the needs of those returning from war

Arlington West Film for Educational Settings

Among other educational material we offer is a 27 minute version of the Arlington West Film, suitable for classroom use (see the Arlington West Film Project page on our web site for information). To introduce students to the many various points of view expressed by visitors to Arlington West, this film is an invaluable tool. To help facilitate discussion, cultivate an inner dialog, and to assist in the development of creative writing skills, a Curriculum and Discussion Guide is also available on our web site here Acrobat Reader

Veterans For Peace Los Angeles Office

Veterans For Peace,
Los Angeles Chapter
1727 Hauser Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Office and Alternate Phone Numbers

Office (323) 934-3451 (office hours 9am-3pm M-F)
FAX: (323) 931-1896

Veterans For Peace Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
Donations are tax-deductible

Veterans For Peace Statement of Purpose

We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others:

  • To increasing public awareness of the costs of war.
  • To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
  • To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
  • To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
  • To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.

To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.


You do not need to be a veteran in order to join Veterans For Peace, nor do you need to be a member of Veterans For Peace in order to volunteer on the Arlington West project. We do, however, invite all who embrace our vision and Statement of Purpose to join us.

If you are NOT a veteran, you can join Veterans For Peace by becoming an Associate Member. Simply follow Step 1 below, fill out the application, and send that along with your Associate Member contribution to the national Veterans For Peace mailing address shown below. You may also join online by going to the national Veterans For Peace web site.

If you ARE a veteran or are currently serving on active duty, you might consider joining Veterans For Peace. If you are on active duty, there is nothing in the regulations that prohibit your voluntary membership in this organization. For more information on your rights under the UCMJ, see our Active Duty Resources page here. Just because you signed that bottom line doesn't mean you gave up all the rights you would otherwise be entitled to if you were not in the military.

Follow steps 1-3 below to become a member of Veterans For Peace:

Step 1: Download the VFP Membership application here. Acrobat Reader

Step 2: A copy of your DD-214 is required for membership.


Don't have a copy of your military discharge documents?
Please visit the National Personnel Records Center web site here to obtain one.

Step 3: Send your VFP Membership application along with a copy of your DD-214 military discharge paper or proof of active duty service via regular mail to the national office of Veterans For Peace along or send it to our local office and we'll send it for you.

All Veterans for Peace Local Chapters are joined through the national office at:

National Veterans For Peace Office & Web Site

Veterans For Peace
216 South Meramec Ave
St. Louis MO 63105

Tel: (314) 725-6005
FAX (314) 725-7103
Web site: www.veteransforpeace.org

Find local VFP Chapters in your city or State here: VFP Chapters

Be sure to visit our brothers and sisters over there at IVAW.org.

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