Hunterdon Review

'Eyes Wide Open' Exhibit On Display

Hunterdon Review — Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The impact of the Iraq War on New Jersey is the focus of the exhibit "Eyes Wide Open: New Jersey," which will be on display this weekend in Flemington.

The public will have two opportunities to view this exhibit. The fIrst will be from 1 to 7p.m. on Saturday, June 28, on the steps of the historic Hunterdon Court House located on Main Street.

The exhibit will be on display also from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, at the Flemington Women's Club,located on Park Avenue directly behind the historic Hunterdon Court House.

The exhibit features more than 70 pairs of combat boots memorializing the U.S. soldiers from New Jersey who have died in the Iraq War. A display of shoes represents the thousands of Iraqi civilian causalities.

The Hunterdon Peace Coalition, New Jersey Citizen Action and Grace United Church of Christ are sponsoring the exhibit.

"Eyes Wide Open: New Jersey" will continue to travel around the state.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an international social justice organization, originally created "Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War" to illustrate the lives lost in the war in Iraq. The national exhibit, which fIrst opened in January 2004 in Chicago, Ill., with 500 pairs of boots, grew to more than 3,500 when it came to a close on Memorial Day weekend in 2007. The tour has been to more than 70 cities across the country.

"Eyes Wide Open: New Jersey" is free and open to the public, although donations are accepted.

Further details on the exhibit can be found at www.afsc.org/eyes. For more information, call the Hunterdon Peace Coalition at (908) 806-3346 or the AFSC New York Metropolitan Region office in New York at (212) 598-0950.

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