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Eyes Wide Open


Monday, November 19 from 9am to 6pm
Delta College Ricker Center
(see map)

Eyes Wide Open is a memorial to honor lives lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and to call attention to the human and financial cost of these wars as they are born by individuals, families, communities, states and our country as a whole. The memorial will be shared at the Delta College Ricker Center in Saginaw on Monday, November 19 from 9am to 6pm.

The main focus of the memorial is 220 pairs of combat boots representing each serviceman/ servicewoman from the state of Michigan who has died overseas in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Additionally, there are 200 civilian shoes, each labeled with the name of an Iraqi man, woman or child who has died since the beginning of the Iraq war (of course there are many more who have died. These few names are to be considered representative). The memorial also includes 100 ceramic tiles with the names of an Afghani man, woman or child who has died since the beginning of the Afghan war.

The memorial generates greater understanding of global awareness at Delta College by drawing connections between the "news" that students hear in passing about the war and far off places and this state and the people who have both lived here and died there. The memorial also brings to light some of the losses that people in Afghanistan and Iraq, who may not be like us – but who can live and die like us, have experienced.

This one-day memorial display is free and open to the public. For more information contact Chey Davis, Delta College Assistant Professor of English, at

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