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A traveling exhibit now at the Gaylord- Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum pays homage to veterans of the Vietnam War.

“Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam” gives visitors an in-depth look at the thoughts and emotions felt by American soldiers while in Vietnam, and the families they left behind. The exhibit is centered on canvas sleeping bunks on which the soldiers wrote their personal thoughts and drew doodles. The canvases come from actual troopships that carried soldiers into battle.

“It’s probably more of a history-type exhibit, but the art is actual graffiti that the soldiers drew, so we’ll have the actual canvases on the wall where they drew or wrote notes during the war,” said Corie Baker, community outreach manager of the museum at 1400 Classen Drive.

Complementing the canvases are recorded interviews with veterans talking about their time in the war zone. Also featured are personal artifacts from many of the veterans and Oklahoma’s Jane Jayroe, who was the first Miss America to visit a combat zone.

“There’s an educational element, of course,” Baker said. “It kind of just says what they went through and the history behind it, and of course, it’s a way to honor veterans who did serve in the war and recognize them.”

The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 6, 2012. For more information, call 235-4458 or visit oklahomaheritage.com. —Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman

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