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Empty Boots Climb Courthouse Steps In Honor Of Lost Soldiers

War impact is exhibit subject

Courier News / MyCentralJersey.com — Wednesday, June 25, 2008

WALTER O'BRIEN
STAFF WRITER

Empty combat boots will be on display this weekend to memorialize New Jersey soldiers killed in Iraq.

"Eyes Wide Open: New Jersey" will be on exhibit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the steps of the Historic Court House on Main Street in Flemington.

The impact of the Iraq War on New Jersey is the focus of this exhibit featuring more than 70 pairs of combat boots representing the U.S. soldiers from New Jersey who have fallen in the Iraq War. A separate display of shoes represents the thousands of Iraqi civilian causalities.

"Eyes Wide Open: New Jersey" was originally created by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an international social justice organization, 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 3,500 when it ended on Memorial Day weekend in 2007. The tour visited more than 70 cities across the country, including Boston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, and Washington, DC. It has now been divided into smaller statewide exhibits which continue to grow and tour on a local level.

"Eyes Wide Open: New Jersey" is free and open to the public, although donations are accepted. The Hunterdon Peace Coalition, New Jersey Citizen Action, and The Grace United Church of Christ are sponsoring the exhibit. Further details can be found at www.afsc.org/nymetro.htm.

For more information contact Hunterdon Peace Coalition at (908) 806-3346 or the AFSC New York Metropolitan Region office in New York at (212) 598-0950.

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