Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 participated in an art exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV featuring a ‘Huey’ helicopter.
Chapter members volunteered over 200 hours over three days at a VVA display table whilst greeting and supporting the veterans, families, and members of the public who visited the exhibit.
The complete artistic experience included a Huey helicopter sculpture, a song and a documentary film. The exhibit in Nevada was the first time each of the three artistic components premiered together.
The 47-foot Huey helicopter contemporary sculpture was created by artist Steve Maloney and a non-profit that supports veterans with PTSD called Light Horse Legacy. The sculpture was made from a recycled Huey helicopter that served and was downed in the Vietnam War. The large sculpture was installed in the parking lot of the museum.
The song that accompanied the art exhibit was specially commissioned for the occasion. The documentary film has the same name as the art experience, Take Me Home Huey, and was screened throughout the three day exhibit.
Chapter 989 members participated in the opening ceremony by providing the Color Guard. The ceremony also included live music, special guests, storytelling, and a performance of the exhibit song.
U.S. Senator Dean Heller formally acknowledged the art exhibit with a Certificate of Senatorial Recognition.