The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is sponsoring a unique arts-oriented Veterans Day event, Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day, on November 11 at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. The event consists of lectures, performances, sculpture, readings, and paintings “in an exploration of how artistic expression can help veterans and military personnel communicate their experiences to others,” according to the event’s organizers.
The non-profit library is an apt venue for this event. “Kurt Vonnegut was huddled captive in a former meat locker when the bombs fell that leveled Dresden, Germany, in World War II. He was forced to pull out dead men and women and children and pets, and he was a 22-year-old kid. It’s why he wrote Slaughterhouse-Five,” Julie Whitehead, the library’s executive director, said.
The event includes a talk by Mark Vonnegut on his father’s World War II experiences and Slaughterhouse-Five, and a Keynote speech by Jonathan Shay, the author and long-time PTSD expert.
The artist Tom Hubbard will give a presentation on his “Semper Fidelis: How I Met My Father” mixed-media fine art exhibition, which is a combination of Hubbard’s work in ceramics, photography, and graphic design. It includes USMC reports, letters written by Hubbard’s Marine Corps Vietnam veteran father, and archival photos of Hubbard, senior, who was killed in Vietnam was his son was just two years old.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. To do so and to see a complete schedule of the activities, go to the event’s web page.