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CANCELED because of rain

War casualties exhibit with combat boots

at Manchester College on May 12

The traveling exhibit, Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Indiana, comes to the Manchester College campus on Wednesday, May 12. Honoring fallen U.S. military personnel and Afghan and Iraqi civilians, the exhibit is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. The public is invited to view the free exhibit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the College mall in the center of campus.

Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Indiana details costs of war to the state of Indiana. It includes 162 pairs of empty boots representing fallen servicemen and women from Indiana, and a visual representation of the tens of thousands of Afghan and Iraqi civilian casualties.

The Manchester College exhibit is part of the American Friends Service Committee’s national Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War network. The national exhibit was last displayed on Memorial Day weekend 2007 with more than 3,400 pairs of boots – the  last time  the entire death toll was represented in one location. The exhibition now is divided into state displays, traveling to cities and towns. Combined, the state displays include almost 4,000 pairs of combat boots.

Learn more about the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization of people of various faiths committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service, at


May 2010

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