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National Veterans Art Museum To Mark Memorial Day With Three Days Of Events

By Heather Cherone | May 12, 2016 5:36am | Updated on May 27, 2016 9:22am
 The Above and Beyond Memorial features 58,000 replica dog tags honoring those who died as a result of their service in the war that stretched from March 1965 to May 1975.
The Above and Beyond Memorial features 58,000 replica dog tags honoring those who died as a result of their service in the war that stretched from March 1965 to May 1975.
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PORTAGE PARK — The National Veterans Art Museum will mark Memorial Day with four days of events, including guided tours of the "Above and Beyond" Vietnam War memorial featuring 58,000 replica dog tags.

First unveiled at the National Veterans Art Museum in 2001, the work by artists and veterans Rick Steinbock, Ned Broderick, Joe Fornelli and Mike Helbing is designed to make the "impact of combat visible to all." It is now on display at the Harold Washington Library.

Veterans serving as docents will field questions from visitors about "Above and Beyond" and offer their take on the impact of war from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the library center, 400 S. State St., museum officials said.

Throughout the weekend, the museum at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. will feature artwork by students from students at the Marine Leadership Academy in Logan Square members of the Thresholds Veterans Project at Brushwood Center.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum, organizers said.

Chicago performance artist Corinne D. Peterson will perform "Cairn and Cloud," which the artist describes as a collective expression of trauma and hope, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum. The workshop, titled "Shaping Clay, Shaping Life" will include a performance of “Tones of Belonging” by Sarah Gottlieb’s Body Compass Dance Project.

The work is designed to take "a hard look at the living effects of sexual trauma," according to the artist's description of the work.

The three-day event designed to mark Memorial Day will conclude with veterans reading from "I Remember, Chicago Veterans of War" from 2-4 p.m. Monday, organizers said.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 312-326-0270 or go to nvam.org.

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