Expressions of Loss and Remembrance by Vietnam Veterans

Expressions of Loss and Remembrance by Vietnam Veterans

June 5 – June 26, 2009

An exhibition of art and artifacts about the Vietnam war and those who did not return.

"TRIBUTE: Expressions of Loss and Remembrance by Vietnam Veterans" will be presented by The National Vietnam War Museum, Mineral Wells, TX.Opening reception June 5, from 6 - 9 PM will feature a 7:30 PM performance by Air Force veteran/musician Dick Jonas.

TRIBUTE presents a profoundly moving story of love, respect, and obligation through individual memorial expressions created by Vietnam veterans for those they lost in Southeast Asia. Illustrated with photographs, artwork and material on loan from the Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and the veterans themselves, the exhibit provides a rare and poignant glimpse into one of the under-acknowledged legacies of war. Participants range from former fighter pilots to combat medics, helicopter doorgunners to infantry soldiers. They represent 12 states and all 4 branches of the military. Highlights include an ammunition box memorial by the 1/9 (Walking Dead) Marines, artwork by Aurence Hancock, Charles Jones, Rick McCarty, evacuation nurse Helen White and multimedia tributes.

During the week prior to the opening, San Antonio artist/veteran Roberto Sifuentes will create a Day of the Dead altar on site for the 173rd Airborne & others lost. Observers and participants are welcome to assist. Veterans, friends & family members are also invited to send or bring photos or small mementos of their lost to be included in Sifuentes installation.

Special Events: Friday, June 5 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 6 from 1:00 -2:30 PM Dick Jonas will perform "Blue Four" his original elegy to a fellow pilot killed in action, and other songs. The producer of twenty-one albums and three books about military folk music, Jonas has been hailed as “American’s Foremost Military Aviation Song Writer and Balladeer.” His programs will feature a delectable sampling of songs of “glory, strife, and real heroes.”

On June 20 at 2:00 PM Ben Goodwyn and artist/veteran Charles D. Jones will discuss their return to Vietnam and commemorative activities initiated by Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. All activities associated with the exhibit are open to the public and free of charge. For additional information please visit the museum’s website at