Exhibits across city pay tribute to veterans

May 24, 2008 4:01:44 PM PDT
A number of events and activities have been held in honor of war veterans, including a new exhibit that opened Saturday at Chicago's Vietnam Veterans Art Museum.The exhibit, called 'The Things They Carried,' displays artifacts and art inspired by Tim O'Brien's novel of the same name.

Another exhibit called 'Ancient Lands, Modern Battles,' features work by five artists reflecting on their time spend in conflict overseas.

Both exhibits will be on display at the Vietnam Veterans Art Museum through October.

Another traveling exhibit, 'Portrait of a Soldier' is at Navy Pier through Monday. The memorial features a series of hand-drawn portraits of more than 180 Illinois men and women who have died in service to the country since September 11, 2001. 'Portrait of a Soldier' has been viewed by thousands of people in more than 30 cities across the state of Illinois.

In Schaumburg, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall is on display at Alexian Field.

The traveling tribute entitled 'The Cost of Freedom' salutes war veterans from Vietnam, World War II, the Korean War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit also includes tributes to public safety officers who died in the line of duty.

Ceremonies were planned at the site throughout the Memorial Day weekend, including a candle-light walk-by Saturday night at 8 p.m.


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