Photo by Jay Arthurs
MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans
US Military veterans are admitted free to this spring exhibition. $10 members, 18 and under are free. Mondays are Pay As You Can Days
“MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans” presents a visually arresting and powerful first-person history of pictures taken from the inside looking out.
The exhibition showcases photographs, poems, and journal entries by twenty-five Vietnam veterans from around the US. Most of the material was previously kept hidden away, even from family and friends. Many veterans destroyed their photographs taken during the war in order to purge painful memories and close a visceral door to the past.
This is the first showing of this exhibition on the West Coast and the second ever. MY WAR is generously sponsored by the Dave and Nancy Honeywell Charitable Fund, Gary and Susan Sterner, Printonyx and Harbor Rentals
In the North Gallery, San Juan County Vietnam Veterans presents “A War Never Ends”. This exhibition is sponsored by the American Legion Post 163, Friday Harbor.
Photo by Donald Cordi
A few facts about the Vietnam War Memorial wall in Washington, DC
Designed by Maya Lin
There are 58,267 names on the wall.
39,996 were 22 or younger.
8,283 were 19. 33,103 were 18.
12 were 17 years old
5 soldiers were 16.
There are 3 sets of fathers and sons on the wall.
31 sets of parents lost 2 of their sons.
997 were killed their first day.
1,448 were killed on their last day.
8 women are on the wall, nurses.
244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during
the war and 153 of them are on the wall.