“EYES WIDE OPEN” displayed in Medford July 2

WHAT: A new exhibit on the human and economic cost of the Iraq war to Oregon will be on display in Medford on July 2nd at Vogel Plaza, corner of Main Street and Central Avenue. The exhibit consists of a memorial to those who have lost their lives in the Iraq war, including a pair of boots to honor each of the fallen soldiers from Oregon or who have a strong Oregon connection. The exhibit also recognizes the more than 100,000 Iraqis that have died in the war. It also features an interactive display on the cost of the war to Oregon. The public will have the opportunity to view the exhibit, make prayer flags participate in reading of the names of the fallen and a silent vigil and closing ceremony to honor each of the dead soldiers.

WHEN: From 10 am to about 6 pm on Monday, July 2, 2007. A silent vigil will be held from 5 to 5:30 pm followed by a ceremony to honor each of the U.S. Iraq War dead until about 6 pm.

WHERE: Vogel Plaza in the heart of downtown Medford by the Craterian-Ginger Rogers Theater at the intersection of East Main Street and North Central Avenue (Highway 99). From Interstate-5 take either the north or south Medford exit and follow the signs to downtown Medford. (Take Court Street to Central Avenue from the North I-5 interchange and Barnett Road right on Riverside Avenue left on Main Street from the South I-5 interchange.)

PHOTO OP: Volunteers will be setting up the display from about 9 am to 10 am on July 2nd. The exhibit includes a display of boots and shoes, a wall of 2,000+ colorful prayer flags and other exhibits that demonstrate the cost of the war in Iraq to Oregonian taxpayers. There will be a silent vigil from 5 to 5:30 pm and a ceremony recognizing each U.S. soldier with Oregon ties who has died in Iraq from 5:30 to 6 pm.

HOSTED BY: Citizens for Peace & Justice of Medford is the primary local sponsor. The statewide tour is sponsored and organized by the American Friends Service Committee, Military Families Speak Out—Oregon, and Rural Organizing Project. Other local co-sponsoring groups include Applegate Citizens for Political Change, Veterans for Peace of Josephine County, the Ashland chapter of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, the South Mountain Friends Meeting and others.

For more information, see the Citizens for Peace & Justice website
 http://www.medfordcpj.org
or contact: Allen Hallmark 541-482-8515 or Mary Madsen 541-770-5274

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