The widely acclaimed exhibit "Eyes Wide Open" on the human cost of the Iraq
War will be on display on Thursday, November 9 at the People's Bank in
Elkhorn. The exhibit will feature a pair of boots honoring each Wisconsin
military casualty in the Iraq War. The exhibit also features a display
exploring the history, cost and consequences of war.
When the exhibit was unveiled in Chicago in January 2004, there were 504
pairs of boots symbolizing the lost lives of U.S. soldiers in Iraq . The
empty boots are displayed as if the soldiers were standing at parade rest.
With each passing week, each stop in a new city , more pairs of boots have
been added to represent the newly fallen.
In the past two and a half years, the exhibit has visited hundreds of cities
across the country. At each stop, people leave notes, photos of lost
soldiers, flowers, and American flags to accompany the boots on their
journey. State specific versions of the larger "Eyes Wide Open" exhibit
have been on display this year, and due to space constraints, the local
exhibit will feature a pair of boots honoring just the Wisconsin military
casualties. This travelling exhibit is a memorial to those who gave their
lives to a cause far from home.
The exhibit was developed by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
The AFSC was founded by Quakers in 1917 and is based on the Quaker belief in
the worth of every person. The organization won world-wide recognition in
1947 when it accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with the British Friends Service
Council on behalf of all Quakers.
The exhibit will be on display in the meeting room of the People's Bank,
located at 837 N. Wisconsin (Hwy 67) in Elkhorn, and will be open from 11:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A prayer will be offered at 5:00 p.m., followed by the
reading of the names of the Wisconsin military members who have given their
lives in the Iraq War. Everyone is invited to attend.
Sponsored by the Community Coalition for Peace and Justice
The exhibit will also be at the Synchronicity Learning Center, 380 N. Pine St., Burlington (upstairs from Trend Setters Salon), on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 4-8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12 from 1-5 p.m.