2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8
Vietnam vets exhibit to open at Betty Strong Encounter Center
“Vietnam: Service With Honor,” a photo exhibit honoring veterans of a conflict that deeply divided our nation, will open at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in partnership with The Sioux City Journal. Admission will be free.
The exhibit, and opening program by Journal feature writer Tim Gallagher, will be the culmination of The Journal’s 50-part series “Vietnam: Service With Honor,” produced by Journal newsroom staff.
Forty to 50 years after they resumed their lives at home, Siouxland Vietnam veterans shared vivid details and deep feelings of an extraordinary time in their lives and the war’s transforming impact.
The stories and images are running in The Journal through Nov. 8. The Encounter Center’s exhibit will extend the series’ reach to visitors from throughout the country and abroad. It will run through January 2016.
“The Vietnam conflict, which aimed to stop the spread of communism, divided the U.S. domestically like no other fight since the Civil War,” says Gallagher who wrote a number of veterans’ stories. “The first U.S. combat units arrived in Vietnam on March 8, 1965. However, military efforts were taking shape at least a decade earlier.”
“Vietnam: Service With Honor” comprises portraits by Journal photographers Tim Hynds, Justin Wan and Jim Lee. Exhibit text is drawn from stories by Journal staff writers: Tim Gallagher, Nick Hytrek, Brett Hayworth, Dolly A. Butz, Earl Horlyk, Ally Karsyn, Mike Bell, Greg Forbes, Jordan Gonzalez, Kirby Kaufman and Michelle Kuester.
Gallagher’s program will explore stories and images in the Vietnam series, and their impact on readers. The series has evoked an “overwhelming response” from readers, says Editor in Chief Bruce R. Miller.
“Daily, reporters and editors have been hearing from readers who have been moved by the stories told by the soldiers who served during those tumultuous days. They look forward to reading each day’s installment. They love the depth of feelings that are displayed,” says Miller.
Thanks to The Journal’s website, readers also can hear the vets tell their stories: www.siouxcityjournal.com