Touring Memorial Set to Visit Colorado Springs

By: AP
By: AP

A national touring memorial to soldiers killed in Iraq is coming to Colorado Springs this week, but the City Council says it undermines soldiers.

The nationally-known Eyes Wide Open exhibit features a pair of boots for every U.S. casualty. The exhibit's Internet site says the purpose is to explore the cost and consequence of war.

Despite weeks of lobbying from backers of the exhibit asking for a city resolution of support, Council declined. Mayor Lionel Rivera says he would rather the country focus on fighting terrorism than getting out of Iraq.

Organizers are holding the exhibit at Colorado College instead of a city park.

The Eyes Wide Open display is due in Colorado Springs Thursday and Friday.

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