Turning Combat Boots into Ploughshares: Boot Distribution

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Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm

EWO boots

EWO boots

The Kansas City Program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) announces, on the eve of Veterans’ Day, the retirement of the Missouri and Kansas Eyes Wide Open (EWO) Exhibits, the widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial exhibit includes over 200 combat boots tagged with the names of Missouri and Kansas troops and shoes tagged with the names of civilians killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars.  Between the fall of 2006 and 2012 the Missouri and Kansas EWO Exhibits were displayed in dozens of colleges and universities, houses of worship, parks, conferences and other venues, viewed by an estimated 10,000 people.

AFSC and Veterans for Peace, KC Chapter along with Artists Helping the Homeless will conduct the Turning Combat Boots into Ploughshares: Boot Distribution to homeless veterans and other homeless area residents on Sunday, November 10 from 4:30 to 5:30pm, Mill Creek Park, 47th Street and Main, KCMO.

The distribution of boots will be preceded by a final exhibition of the Missouri and Kansas Eyes Wide Open Exhibits in Mill Creek Park, 47th Street and Main, KCMO between 2:00 and 3:30pm, Sunday, November 10. As of October 24, 2013, 74 troops from Kansas and 142 troops from Missouri have been killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars.

The human and economic costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been tremendous. 6,775 U.S. Troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans have been killed. Close to 50,000 U.S. troops have been wounded and hundreds of thousands are suffering PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. A recent Harvard study estimates the eventual cost of these wars will total four to six trillion dollars, all of this for what a majority of Americans think were wars not worth fighting.

(In case of rain or snow the exhibit and boot distribution will be done at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St, KCMO)

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About the national Eyes Wide Open Exhibit:

Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee’s widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, features a pair of empty boots honoring each U.S. military casualty.  The exhibit started as a local project in Chicago in January 2004 when the US casualties in Iraq numbered 500.  As the casualties grew so did the exhibit and it toured the country extensively until May 2007, when the U.S. casualties in Iraq numbered 3500 and AFSC decided to split the exhibit up into smaller state-based exhibits.  Eyes Wide Open has been seen by millions of people across the country and has involved thousands of volunteers.

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American Friends Service Committee: 816 931-5256

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