An upcoming multimedia exhibit at Boston College will feature 36 pages of diary entries by Marine Lt. Timothy McLaughlin, who attended BC Law, that recount his experience at the Pentagon on 9/11, commanding a tank during the invasion of Iraq, and draping his American flag over a statue of Saddam Hussein at Firdos Square, university officials said.
The exhibit “Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq,” also includes texts by journalist and author Peter Maass and photographs by Gary Knight, both of whom reported on the battles fought by McLaughlin’s Marine battalion as it approached Baghdad.
The exhibit will be on display in the BC Law School Library from Monday, Oct. 28 through the month of November. A panel discussion featuring the McLaughlin, Maass and Knight is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Law School’s East Wing Room 120 at 6:30 p.m.
The exhibit “displays an innovative grid of 36 pages from McLaughlin’s diaries, each page blown up to poster-size, along with Knight’s haunting images and Maass’s stories. The grid, which includes pictures, maps and poems, operates as a text about war and also an artwork about war,” the university said in a press release.
“In the pages, McLaughlin writes of stumbling through the smoke-filled Pentagon after it was attacked, of the Iraqis shot and killed by his tank’s guns in 2003, and of the chaos when his flag was placed on the statue in front of a global television audience,” the release adds.
Some of McLaughlin’s personal possessions will also be displayed, including – on select days –his American flag that was briefly draped on the statue of Hussein.
“We hope this exhibit brings people back to the invasion and shows them, directly and without the usual filters of the government or the press, what the invasion truly consisted of,” the three contributors said in a joint statement. ”After ten years, we feel it is time for a thoughtful examination of the war before it is forgotten or romanticized.”