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Combat Zone exhibit tells war stories one image at a time

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Photo from Combat Zone exhibit at SC Confederate Relic Room and History Museum Photo from Combat Zone exhibit at SC Confederate Relic Room and History Museum
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Every day the news networks bring us images of the nation's War on Terror. But some of the most enduring images you will remember currently hang at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

The photo exhibit Conflict Zone: A Groundbreaking Look at War is described by organizers as a "trip into the heart of war."

"It mainly is just an attempt to show the public what a soldier sees," said Jami Cassidy Boone with the museum. "What a soldier goes through over in a combat zone and also to show what the people go through who live in those countries."

From photos taken during live firefights, to private moments of mourning, to a soccer game on the lawn of a former palace, the exhibit tells the story of everyone affected by war.

"It does show a different side of the war than you normally would see in the news or in newspapers and such," said Boone. "It shows you a wide variety of what happens in a combat zone."

The 65 photos were taken by some of the world's leading combat photographers and journalists.

"It does such a good job of documenting what a soldier sees over there and what our military goes through," said Boone.

The exhibit is presented by the Beaufort-based non-profit Independence Fund, that serves wounded soldiers and their families.

It includes a seven-minute video of a battle in the mountains of Afghanistan by a CBS news photographer embedded with a US unit.

Among the collection is a photo of an Iraqi couple sharing a bumper car at an amusement park in Basra, called Basraland.

"You always have these concepts of a combat zone or where war's taking place, that people don't have the same lives that we do here," said Boone. "But this picture shows that they want to have fun over there just like we do. It gives you a different look at what you think Iraq is like."

Although that's just one description of one photo, many other images in the exhibit require more than a thousand words. You'll have to see them for yourself.

Conflict Zone will be on exhibit through February 23, 2013.  A fundraising gala is being planned in January for the Independence Fund. Click here for more information.

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