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Iraq War exhibit comes to area

Memorial -- Aim of traveling display is to show true cost of war

'Eyes Wide Open,' a traveling exhibit on the human and economic cost of the war in Iraq, specifically its impact on Oregon, will be on display in Forest Grove, the first city in Washington County to host it.

The exhibit is a memorial to those who have lost their lives in the Iraq war. Empty boots represent the fallen soldiers from Oregon and a display recognizes the nearly 500,000 Iraqi citizens who have died in the war. An interactive feature will illustrate the economic cost of the war to Oregon. Organizers estimate that Washington County's share of the financial cost of the war exceeds $424 million.

The exhibit will culminate in a special ceremony honoring Oregon lives lost in Iraq.

'Eyes Wide Open' will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15, in the United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way. A ceremony recognizing lost Oregon soldiers will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.

The exhibit is sponsored by West County Council for Human Dignity and Forest Grove United Church of Christ.

'Eyes Wide Open' is sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Military Families Speak Out - Oregon, and the Rural Organizing Project. The groups plan a statewide tour of the exhibit through November. The tour schedule is posted at www.eyes.afsc.org.