Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Boot exhibit honors troops


Display is tribute to Iraqi war dead

The Associated Press

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - More than 800 pairs of black combat boots were displayed on a federal courthouse lawn in misty rain Monday - a tribute to U.S. troops who have died in Iraq.

Each pair was labeled with a servicemember's name, rank, age and hometown. In a special section were the names and photos of the 23 members of the armed forces from Ohio who have died in Iraq.

Small groups of people walked through the exhibit Monday.

Another part of the exhibit was a 24-foot wall that listed the names, ages and causes of deaths of Iraqi civilians.

The event was sponsored by the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker social action group.

The boots and wall are part of a larger exhibit called "Eyes Wide Open: Beyond Fear, Toward Hope" that will tour Ohio next month.




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