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May 25, 2004

Boots On The Ground

Although I was unable to find any photo documentation of today’s event (even on IndyMedia!), the American Friends Services Committee reportedly installed their exhibition “Eyes Wide Open: the Human Cost of War in Iraq” today in Washington, D.C. As part of an exhibit that is traveling to 10 cities, the public display features over 800 pairs of combat boots, each lined up in formation with a tag bearing the name of a U.S. soldier who has died in Iraq.

The image above was shot at an installation last January in Chicago’s Federal Plaza. That version involved 504 pairs of boots, representing U.S. military casualties to that point.

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