BOZEMAN — The American Friends Service Committee will honor fallen National Guard personnel and Iraqi civilians with its traveling National Guard memorial, which will be on display at the Gallatin County Courthouse on Main Street July 15-16.
The memorial includes more than 350 pairs of boots representing fallen National Guard servicemen and women, and a visual representation of Iraqi civilian casualties. This exhibit is a part of AFSC's nationally touring exhibition "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 2,400 pairs of combat boots representing U.S. military casualties, along with more than 3,000 pairs of shoes memorializing a small fraction of the Iraqi civilians who have been killed in the conflict.
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The 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 60 cities across the country.
The event is sponsored locally by American Friends Service Committee, Heartland Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and Bozeman Peace Seekers.