Vietnam, Above and Beyond

Vietnam veterans pulled the short straw when it comes to respect and honor for their service. I won’t rant (click on the Veteran’s category below and to the left for a rant) about their treatment. Truly, the Above and Beyond Vietnam Veteran’s exhibit helps alleviate some of that pain:

On Memorial Day 2001, the museum added a stirring and spectacular new exhibit to its already highly praised fine art collection. The work of art, an immense 10 x 40 foot sculpture entitled Above and Beyond, is comprised of imprinted dog tags, one for each of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War.

Above & Beyond, Vietname Memorial

Above & Beyond, Vietname Memorial

Above & Beyond is the first new permanent Vietnam War memorial, other than The Wall in Washington, D.C., to list all those killed in action. 

Above & Beyond at the National Veterans Art Museum is a singular honor for Chicago. It was even the subject of a question on the TV show, Jeopardy, on Jan. 10, 2011.

Neat, I would not have gotten the question right.