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    Posted March 19, 2012 by
    San Francisco, California

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    Eyes Wide Open: A visual exhibit of US Military deaths.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     dinalee, of San Francisco, California, attended an exhibit yesterday, held in honor of the troops killed in Iraq. Each boot represents a soldier. 'When the event peaked it became a tear-jerker. Current and former military personnel spoke about their experiences in the military, and families of former military personnel who committed suicide also spoke,' she says. 'I felt like crying. I was also in the military, and can relate to what they went through.' She says the exhibit was held for the past nine years and this year is the last.
    - ssesha, CNN iReport producer

    On March 19th 2012, which is the 9th Anniversary of the Iraqi invasion, a group called Iraq Veterans Against the War hosted an exhibit called Eyes Wide Open to bring attention to the soldiers or troops who have or will be killed  in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Over 6,000 Americans have been killed, not including the suicides, and at least 481 of them were Californians. The United States Department of Defense does not count suicides as killed in action.
    The pictures and videos show boots, but up close they are people.

    This exhibit was placed in front of San Francisco's City Hall on the 9th Anniversary of the Iraq War. It was held for the last 9 years and this year will be the last time.

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