April 21, 2011
On the Heart at the center of Earlham’s campus today is “Eyes Wide Open: the Human Cost of the War,” an exhibit prepared by the American Friends Service Committee.
Largely it consists of pairs of boots honoring each soldier killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are now so many war dead that the exhibit has been divided into state-based exhibits each with boots representing that state’s fallen soldiers. (And of course this doesn’t include the Iraqi or Afghani dead who vastly outnumber the American dead.)
On pair of boots in the exhibit here at Earlham today represent Laytyon Crass, a young man who was the grandson of Earlham staff member Mary Ann Coons. As I was walking through the boots, Melissa Bickford came by, an Earlham staff member with a son currently serving in Afghanistan. I told her I would pray for her son’s safety.
Earlham can seem very far from these wars. “Eyes Wide Open” brings it closer to home.
Elsa Haag, one of Earlham’s student bloggers and a fine photographer, has also posted a piece on “Eyes Wide Open.” Her photographs are terrific.