Eyes Wide Open: the Human Cost of War

By: Philip Townsend Email
By: Philip Townsend Email

For many people, it was an emotional display that put the cost of a war into perspective.

More than 100 pairs of combat boots lined the outside of Grafton Library at Mary Baldwin College Friday as part of the Eyes Wide Open exhibit.

The boots represent the Virginia service men and women who lost their lives during the current war in Iraq. As of Friday, 122 military people from Virginia have died in the war.

Eyes Wide Open was created by the American Friends Service Committee, and they say the display is a stark reminder of the human cost of war.

Pvt. Patricia Thurston from the Woman's Institute of Leadership says the boots send a powerful message.

She says, "For me, it's just a great loss, because I know the conditions upon the war and I know why we are in Iraq. As a cadet that's going into the Air Force next summer, it's kind of sorry to know that all of these people are dying."

Also on display were shoes from the Iraqi civilians that have been killed in the war. Name tags on some of the shoes were from children as young as two years old.

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