National Veteran’s Art Museum in Chicago dog tag exhibit



UPDATE: Chicago must keep dog tag exhibit honoring men and women killed in Vietnam (Read more here.)

Update on Nov. 11, 2013: On Veterans Day: A non-combat veteran salutes combat veterans. Go here

This arrived in my email. A good reminder for the Fourth of July.

The National Veteran’s Art Museum in Chicago has an unusual work of art which you may not have even known existed!

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.

The dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War, were hung 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 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 a lost friend or relative.



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  • Is it possible to get a print of the Dog Tag Exhibit?

  • You'll need to contact the museum. Here's the information:

    National Veterans Art Museum
    4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60641
    312-326-0270 phone
    312-326-9767 fax

    *Please note our new physical address,
    since Veterans Day 2012

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  • Is this display made of original dogtags from our lost veteran's, or were they reproduced especially for this magnificent memorial?

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    I would surmise that they are replicas. I know many 'nam kia vets families that still have the original tags. awesome display and remembrance.

  • In reply to Marshall Rowe:

    They are, indeed, replicas. Stamped out by volunteers.

  • I have been a little out of the loop following this immense and important exhibit. Has it found a permanent home and been installed now at the National Veterans Art Museum?

  • Not that I know of. It would be great if it were.

  • Hi,
    The dog tag exhibit is now titled "Above and Beyond" and is now available for viewing at the Harold Washington Library located at 400 S State Street. The exhibit itself is up until 2020.


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