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Don’t be ridiculous. You can’t possibly experience the real Army until you have at least faced a drill instructor and learned your life is no longer yours. You can’t experience the real war until you witness it.
Where is the lie here? They are not presenting the “whole” truth. If they were, they would have a final stop on the tour. They would have a room for a group such as Military Families Speak Out (Military Families Speak Out*:*Index) to allow mothers and fathers of dead soldiers to share their stories. They would have a room full of the boots used in the Eyes Wide Open display (ABOUT THE EXHIBIT *:*Eyes Wide Open *:**AFSC). They would show SOMETHING of this truth. Only then might visitors come to understand the gamble.
Since 1917, the American Friends Service Committee has championed the dignity and worth of every individual, the sanctity of human life and humanity's collective responsibility to promote peace. For almost 90 years of work in war zones on four continents, we have gained an intimate knowledge of the costs and horrors of war.
When this exhibit was unveiled by our Chicago office in January 2004, there were 504 pairs of boots symbolizing the lost lives of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. With each passing week, each stop in a new city, more pairs of boots are added to represent the newly fallen.
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