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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A window onto the war



O'Shaughnessy with the display
(Globe Staff Photo by Suzanne Kreiter)

Their faces are frozen in military photographs, the images of young men and women who peer from a store window with expressions of patriotism, hope, and determination.

The display has grown from one picture placed there after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a solitary reminder that Newton Upper Falls had a personal stake in the war.

"The next thing you knew, the kids from the neighborhood joined, and I started putting them in there," said the owner of Upper Falls Variety, Tom O'Shaughnessy, who added that about 20 photographs, a few obscured, have been arranged in the display.

Nearly everyone in the pictures is deployed or has served in Iraq or Afghanistan, most of their faces as familiar to O'Shaughnessy as the customers who begin showing up every morning at 5 for a cup of coffee, the newspaper, or a gallon of milk.

"A woman wanted to know the meaning of the window," O'Shaughnessy, 55, said in a Globe story today. "And I just politely said it's a tribute to the kids in the service."

-- Brian McQuarrie

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