The American Friends Service Committee created the traveling exhibit Eyes Wide Open in 2004 to commemorate each fallen soldier and Marine of the Second Gulf War. The idea was simple and profound, a pair of boots placed in rank and file for each casualty. In 2005, by the time the exhibit made it to Boston Common, my front yard at the time, there was more then 1,000. Upon my own wondering of this terrible, awe inspiring place I paused to note a flower that had been place within a particular pair. There I found myself near center to the installation and realizing just how many boots at that point surrounded me I could do nothing but sit and cry.