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National Veterans Art Museum Chicago Illinois …

Did not know this existed!

The National Veterans Art Museum, formerly the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s six corners neighborhood, is dedicated to displaying and studying art produced by veterans from the Vietnam War and other wars and conflicts. Originally a traveling exhibition, while in Chicago it was viewed by Mayor Richard M. Daley, who was so taken by the power of the art that he immediately insisted that the city provide a permanent home for it. The entrance hall has 58,226 dog tags hanging from the ceiling, representing the US soldiers who died in Vietnam. It and the other exhibits have been described as deeply moving. Wikipedia

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When visitors first enter the museum, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium.

Dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above & Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Stein.

The tens of thousands of metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents. Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative.

Source: Email chain thanks Brian.

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11 thoughts on “National Veterans Art Museum Chicago Illinois …

  1. THOMAS NEWTON

    THIS DOG TAG EXIBIT DID EXIST, AT ONE TIME. BUT IT WAS AT THE OLD, MUSEUM LOCATION , JUST SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN CHICAGO. BUT THANKS TO RAHM EMANUEL’S CUTS, WE HAD TO VAMOOSE. NOW IT IS IN A MUCH SMALLER AREA ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF CHICAGO. NO DOG TAGS THERE. THEY ARE IN STORAGE, SOMEWHERE. I HEARD THEY MAY BE LOOKING FOR MUCH NEED ADDITIONAL SPACE. I WAS IN THE COLOR GUARD THAT DEDICATED THIS PRESENT FACILITY. T.N. MT. PROSPECT, IL. [ 60056 ]

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    1. Janet G

      It still exists. As a matter of fact, On Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will honored Veterans Day.It was a stoic event and a silent journey.

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      1. Karen

        I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but how did 2 artists get so many real dog tags? I am confused.
        Thanks to anyone that can get me an answer.

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  2. Dale R. Heater

    What a proper and appropriate display of our humanity to show our respect and appreciation to the heroes who gave their all for us to enjoy the freedoms we mostly take for granted.

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  3. Marcella T

    I hope to get to go to Chicago one day to see this beautiful display as I have a personal interest and ties to it. I lost my young husband in the Vietnam war on January 23rd, 1969, his tag will be among the more than 58,000 hanging there.

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