Monday, March 19, 2012
9am to 5pm
San Francisco City Hall
Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War and their allies will be laying out “Eyes Wide Open,” the American Friends Service Committee’s widely acclaimed exhibit on the human costs of war, for the last time.
The event will be an observance of the ninth year since the US invasion of Iraq. The exhibit includes combat boots representing the 481 Californians who died in Iraq, along with civilian shoes to represent the thousands upon thousands of Iraqi civilians that lost their lives. The exhibit will be up for one day only and will be permanently retired Monday evening.
“It is our duty to make sure that the larger public both remembers the costs already incurred and is aware of struggles that continue,” said Dottie Guy, a member of IVAW. “Hundreds of thousands of service members and veterans will be coming home carrying deep moral, mental and physical injuries incurred in the war. How are they going to heal? Right now a service member is committing suicide every 36 hours. The war is not over for us; it is just inside us now.”
The veterans and civilian supporters of IVAW have requested that the public join them on City Hall plaza at noon on Monday where a press conference will be held. The press conference will include a reading of names of those who have lost their lives in the war and speakers to include Guy, Scott Olsen from IVAW, Ryan Holleran; an active duty soldier from Fort Hood, and Marilyn Saner from Military Families Speak Out among others.
Dottie Guy, Bay Area Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War: firstname.lastname@example.org
Siri Magerin, Civilian-Soldier Alliance
Iraq Veterans Against the War is nonprofit 501(c)3 advocacy group of veterans and active-duty US military personnel who have served in the U.S. Military since September 11, 2001. IVAW currently has over 1,400 members in fifty states, as well as in Canada, Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan.