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The War in Iraq
Eyes Wide Open Exhibit - The Cost of War
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Jun 26, 2011, 4:07pm



In May 2006, the Eyes Wide Open Exhibit illustrated the cost of war by displaying 2400 combat boots on the National Mall, each pair representing a soldier lost in the war with Iraq. A sobering reminder...

Another element of the exhibit was the wall of remembrance, which was a tribute to the lives of the Iraqis who have lost their lives in the war. According to the exhibit organizers, there were over 11,000 names written on the wall representing Iraqi citizens who have been killed.

The exhibit has been traveling through the U.S. since June 2004. To see where it has been and where it plans to go, visit the official Eyes Wide Open website.

Photographer: Robin Weiner/U.S. Newswire
Grace Gorenflo and her daughter Maria of Reston, Virginia walk through the Eyes Wide Open exhibition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday, May 12, 2006, which illustrates the human cost of the Iraq War. The 2,400 combat boots symbolize the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq. The exhibition will be on the Mall May 11-14.
Photographer: Robin Weiner/U.S. Newswire
Boots belonging to Sgt Joshua Allen Johnson, 24, of Vermont at the Eyes Wide Open exhibition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday, May 12, 2006, which illustrates the human cost of the Iraq War. The 2,400 combat boots symbolize the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq. The exhibition will be on the Mall May 11-14.



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