An exhibit, “Tribute: Expressions of Loss and Remembrance by Vietnam Veterans, ” opens at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in Texas on June 5. More than two years in the making, the exhibit includes the work of Vietnam veterans from more than a dozen states and all branches of the military and was put together by the National Vietnam War Museum in nearby Mineral Wells, Texas. The Opening reception on June 5, from 6:00- 9:00 p.m., will feature a performance by Air Force veteran and musician Dick Jonas.
The exhibit consists of photographs, artwork and material from the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago created by Vietnam veterans dedicated to those who perished in the war. Participants include former fighter pilots, combat medics, helicopter door gunners, and infantrymen. Highlights include an ammunition box memorial by the 1/9 (Walking Dead) Marines, artwork by Aurence Hancock (above ), Charles Jones, Rick McCarty, evacuation nurse Helen White and multimedia tributes.
During the week before the opening, San Antonio artist and veteran Roberto Sifuentes will create a “Day of the Dead” altar at the Arts Center to honor the 173rd Airborne and others lost in the war. Observers and participants are welcome to help. Veterans, friends and family members are invited to send or bring photos or small mementos to be included in Sifuentes installation.
The National Vietnam War Museum project began in 1998 to develop a national venue that would create an atmosphere of learning about the Vietnam War era, and engage people of all ages, nationalities, and political points of view. In 1999, the museum purchased a 12-acre site in Mineral Wells, Texas, some 50 miles west of Fort Worth.