Memorial Day weekend

I took this photo at General Convention 2006, in Columbus. There was one pair of boots for each US solider who had been killed in Iraq, about 2500 at that time. There were also shoes representing the men, women, and children killed in the civilian population in Iraq. It was a moving display that really helped lots of us understand the incalculable cost of war in a new way. Appropriately enough, the display was called “Eyes Wide Open.”

We need to be careful at times like this to remember that we are commemorating soldiers who have died, and that we must not just treat this holiday merely as a consumer feast, a casual day off, or — worst of all — a jingoistic patriotic celebration.

(There are a couple more photos of the “Eyes Wide Open” display in my flickr set of General Convention 2006, if you want to look.)

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