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November 9, 2013

Southeast Texans to pay tribute to military veterans

PORT ARTHUR — Southeast Texans will celebrate the nation’s military veterans and the sacrifices these men and women made to protect freedom Monday, and throughout the week.

Though Monday is the official day designated to honor the nation’s veterans, an exhibit at the Port Arthur Public Library will provide opportunity to do so through Friday.

The library’s veterans exhibit is shown on eight screens that comprise the facility’s revolving Library Art Gallery.

World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, Korean Conflict, and present day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be on display through Friday.

“The purpose is to bring honor to veterans and to bring awareness of what they went through,” Jose David Martinez, Port Arthur library director, said.

Each screen showcases a different war and the nation’s military men and women who fought those wars. Each is accompanied with music from the era.

Each war’s music will bring back memories, and serves as a historical guide to that era, Martinez.

Though it was difficult to find music from the World War I era, World War II was a time when published music was both patriotic and plentiful.

By the Vietnam era, the nation’s playlist had changed, becoming darker and often critical of the war.

Photos of each war tell another story, from the olive drab uniforms of WWI to the tan camo uniforms in Desert Storm, each is a reminder of wars fought on far away soils.

Each screen has at least 10 photos.

The exhibit is on display through Friday, Nov. 15 during library hours from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday.

The library is open on Veteran’s Day Monday so all can enjoy the exhibit.

Other Veterans Day observances planned for Monday include:

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