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Exhibit Highlighting The Cost Of War Returns To Nevada

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Lisa J. Tolda

Two people observing the Wall of the Dead. An exhibit highlighting the men and women who died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan returns to Carson City.

The photographs of 7,000 men and women who perished in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are displayed in the traveling exhibit “Always Lost: A Meditation on War.”

After traveling across the country, the exhibition returns to the State Legislative Building in Carson City in two weeks.

“Always Lost” began as a class project at Western Nevada College in 2009 after sociology professor Don Carlson saw the New York Times' roster of the dead.

"4,000 faces of American military who had perished in Iraq stared at me, and I realized that this war has been perhaps one of the most impersonal wars the U.S. has ever fought,” Carlson told CarsonNow.org. 

Amy Roby was a student in the original class and now she is the project manager.

Roby told KNPR's State of Nevada that the exhibition is not just about those who gave their lives fighting for their country.

 “What I’ve come to learn is that we all are connected in ways that we can never imagine. And when we look at the faces and names that are pictured at The Wall of the Dead, it’s not only that person that we are looking at, but there is a constellation of people around that person whose lives have been forever changed,” she said. 

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Amy Roby, project manager, "Always Lost: A Meditation on War"