Go down the stairs. To your left are pictures, medals, and quotes.
Go down the stairs. To your left are pictures, medals, and quotes. Quotes that say things like, “Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold onto what is good; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the suffering; and honor all people.” –Captain Carl L. Sitter, a Marine in the Korean War. You look at them, interested, then enter the exhibit. It contains photographs from the Civil War through the hostilities that are the struggles of our military today.
The exhibition told of a world that I cannot fully imagine; a world of horrors that is experienced by the brave men and women who have fought and, in some cases, died for our beloved country. It told of the unspeakable sorrow, pride, and camaraderie found in this world of war and it immortalized the sacrifices made by countless soldiers throughout our history.
There is a warning at the beginning of the exhibit that warns parents and teachers that some content may not be “appropriate for children.” I advise anyone who wishes to see the exhibit to disregard this. The pictures are moving and touching, but they are not gory or disturbing. There are a few pictures of bodies and injured soldiers, but all 100 pictures are quite suitable for anyone over the age of 8.
“The American Soldier: From the Civil War to the War in Iraq, a Photographic Tribute” is a compelling and worthy compliment to the struggles that our national heroes face. It will be available at the History Colorado Center from May 25-September 2.
Also, you can now go online and “upload pictures and bios of your family’s veterans or active duty military to [their] Flickr Honor Gallery.” They will all be featured on the Center’s website.
I encourage everyone to see “The American Soldier: From the Civil War to the War in Iraq, a Photographic Tribute” at the History Colorado Center. It truly “captures the danger and frustration, the humor and beauty, the camaraderie, tragedy and victory that American soldiers have witnessed in their odyssey through history,” and it speaks of a world of horrors and wonders that few of us can truly understand.