Tim Johnson checks out the wall of baseballs -- each bearing the name of a soldier who died in Iraq -- he helped his father build. (Globe Staff Photo / Stan Grossfeld)
... "Said [the elder] Johnson, "The mere fact that people don't know how many people have died makes this worth it."
But the project is not an antiwar protest.
"This is not meant to be a statement other than it is a memorial," said Johnson. "It's less about the war, more about the people who sacrificed their lives." ... "I was hoping that the war would be over and we could send these baseballs home to the families," Johnson said.
The cabinets have room for 900 baseballs. The American death toll was 868 as of yesterday.
"Hopefully we won't have to extend the case," said Johnson. "I hope to God it never comes to that." [ed: 8/7/04, 924 dead now, cabinet being extended]Posted by dbrown at August 07, 2004 07:06 PM