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Activist group to observe holiday with Eyes Wide Open exhibit

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will honor fallen U.S. military personnel and Iraqi civilians with its traveling exhibition: Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Oregon, which will be on display at the Estacada Public Library Flora Community Room on Friday Nov. 10.

Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Oregon focuses on the specific costs of war to the state of Oregon. The exhibit includes over 60 pairs of boots representing fallen servicemen and women from Oregon, and a visual representation of the Iraqi civilians casualties. This exhibit is a part of AFSC's nationally touring Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War.

AFSC, an international social justice organization, created Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War to illustrate the lives lost in the war in Iraq. The national exhibit now includes more than 60 pairs of combat boots representing U.S. military casualties, along with 100 pairs of shoes memorializing a small fraction of the Iraqi civilians who have been killed in the conflict. The Eyes Wide Open exhibit, which first opened in Chicago's Federal Plaza with 500 pairs of boots in January 2004, continues to grow as the death toll rises. The tour has been to more than sixty cities across the country, including Boston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando.