The dog tag sculpture honoring military killed in Vietnam finds new Chicago home

The homeless “Above and Beyond Memorial,” a sculpture featuring 58,000 replica dog tags honoring the 58,000 military service men and women killed in the Vietnam War, has at last found a home–for now.

For years, it had been displayed at Chicago’s National Veterans Art Museum  but it had to be carefully disassembled because the museum was moving and there wasn’t enough room to publicly exhibit it. But now the exhibit, called “Above and Beyond”  is scheduled to be re-installed this winter at the Harold Washington Library Center and will open to the public on Feb. 20. A touching Chicago Tribune story by  describes the exhibit’s history, struggle to find a new home and the incredible work that has to go into the move.

Sweeney noted:

“Above and Beyond” is scheduled to remain on exhibit through 2020. The installation was funded by private and public grants. New will be a touch panel display that will allow visitors to look up a veteran’s name and find generally where the soldier’s dog tag is hanging….

The piece will hang from the ceiling above the main escalator bank going to the third floor. There is a wall of windows and viewing space from all sides on the third floor.

I’ve had two previous postings about the exhibit and they remain today two of the most visited posts on my blog, drawing clicks from all over the world. You can read my previous posts here and here.

Thanks go to museum chairman Lionel Rabb, the Washington Library and everyone else who worked to preserve this splendid sculpture as a tribute to those who gave their lives in dutiful service to their country.

Read why Americans need to learn about the nation’s most ignored war.

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