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Honoring the fallen
An exhibit of combat boots will be in Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs, from August 21 through August 23. The traveling exhibit is sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Peace Council and the Martha's Vineyard Quaker Meeting. Photos courtesy of the American Friends Service Committee
Ocean Park will be home to an exhibit of 100-plus pairs of military boots, representing the fallen New England service men and women from the Iraq war, plus dozens of Iraqi civilian shoes representing the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians who have been killed in the conflict. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization, the Martha's Vineyard Peace Council, and the Martha's Vineyard Quaker Meeting will be bringing this exhibit titled "Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War" to honor fallen United States military personnel and Iraqi civilians from August 21 through August 23.
The Martha's Vineyard Peace Council, with the permission of the Oak Bluffs Selectmen, will be locating the exhibit at the north end of the park near the bus stop, not far from the Confederate soldier statute, erected after the Civil War, to memorialize the large numbers of southern soldiers who died in that war. There will also be a series of banners accompanying the exhibit of the 100-plus pairs of soldiers' boots, which will detail the financial costs of the Iraq war and how that money could have been better used here at home. The exhibit will be up all day from 9 am to dusk, providing an opportunity to remember those lost and to offer hope for those still in military service and to create resolve to end the Iraq war.
Memorial Exhibit, August 21-23, 9 am to sunset, Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs. Free admission.
Sarah Nevin is a member of the Martha's Vineyard Peace Council.