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Le Moyne College Hosts "Eyes Wide Open: New York" Exhibit on Human Cost of War in Iraq

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The impact of the Iraq War on New York state is the focus of the exhibit “Eyes Wide Open: New York,” on display at the Panasci Family Chapel at Le Moyne College from Monday through Thursday, Oct. 27 - 30. This exhibit features over 180 pairs of combat boots memorializing the U.S. soldiers from New York who have fallen in the Iraq War. Each pair is tagged with the name and age of the deceased. A display of street shoes represents the thousands of Iraqi civilian casualties.


The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an international social justice organization, originally created “Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War” to illustrate the lives lost in the war in Iraq. The national exhibit, which first opened in Chicago with 500 pairs of boots in January 2004, grew to over 3500 when it came to a close on Memorial Day weekend in 2007. The tour had been to more than 70 cities across the country, including Boston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. It has now been divided into smaller statewide exhibits which continue to grow and tour on a local level.


“Eyes Wide Open: New York is free and open to the public, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 445-4114.



posted on: 10/23/2008