The traveling American Friends Service Committee’s exhibit called “Eyes Wide Open,” showing the human cost of the Iraq war, is coming to Palo Alto this weekend.
In conjunction with the exhibit, community organizations are planning peace-oriented ceremonies through Sunday.
The free exhibit depicts the history, cost and consequences of war. That includes a display of 427 pairs of military boots and a labyrinth of civilian shoes honoring each California military casualty and memorializing the Iraqi citizens killed in the conflict.
The display, at King Plaza in front of City Hall at 250 Hamilton Avenue, opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and closes on Sunday at 6 p.m. The idea was started by the American Friends, a pacifist Quaker organization.
At noon on Saturday, anti-war activists will host various events, including a Muslim call to prayer by Omar Raz, music by Chris Lundin, and words from Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, was killed while serving in Iraq.
The closing ceremony on Sunday will include a reflection by Gold Star Families for Karen Meredith of Mountain View, whose son, Kenneth Ballard, was killed while serving in Iraq.
The Palo Alto exhibit is sponsored by a wide array of groups including: the Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice, American Muslim Voice, Peninsula Peace & Justice Center, South Bay Jewish Voice for Peace, Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, Council on American-Islamic Relations-San Francisco Bay Area, Buddhist Peace Fellowship-West Bay Chapter.