Boots on the ground

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Eyes Wide Open, a widely-acclaimed exhibit representing lives lost in the Iraq War, came to Stanford on Friday, May 2. The arrangement was on display all day in White Plaza, with each pair of boots honoring a U.S. soldier from California who has died in the war, plus a field of shoes and a Wall of Remembrance to memorialize Iraqis killed in the conflict. The exhibit was created by the American Friends Service Committee, which was founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims.

Originally a single national exhibit, Eyes Wide Open is now being established in each state because, as the number of casualties has grown, the exhibit “has become too large for AFSC to tour,” according to the committee’s website. Its appearance on campus was sponsored by Quakers at Stanford.