03.12.12

Senator Burr Announces Travelling Photography Exhibit in Conjunction with Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration

On March 31, veterans of the Vietnam War will receive the recognition they deserved decades ago at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an event put on by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, the USO, and Charlotte Motor Speedway. In conjunction with this event, there will be mobile exhibits traveling across the state featuring photographer David Kennerly's Pulitzer prize-winning portfolio of combat photos from Vietnam.

David Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for more than 45 years and has photographed more than 8 wars. At 25, he won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his work that included photos of the Vietnam, Cambodia, and India-Pakistan Wars, and the Ali-Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden.

"I think that is the role of the photographer to shed a little light into corners of the world you wouldn't see otherwise," said Kennerly. "It certainly is a tribute to the fighting men and women. And I think a lot of the pictures, not mine necessarily, but other photographers in the Vietnam War for instance really depicted the courage and valor of the American soldiers who were fighting the war. That is really important for back then and for future generations."

"I hope that North Carolina veterans, their families, friends, and neighbors will join us in honoring these brave men and women in Charlotte on March 31, but this traveling photography exhibit is another great way to remember those who served in Vietnam," Senator Burr said. "For those who cannot make it to the celebration in Charlotte, this exhibit represents an opportunity to connect with other veterans in our own communities and honor the sacrifices our servicemen and women made in that conflict."

Below is a schedule of appearances for the exhibit:

3/8-3/16
Durham VA Medical Center
508 Fulton Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-0411

3/17
Shelton's Harley-Davidson, Inc.
300 Muldee Street
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 596-9511

3/12-3/18
Piedmont Triad International Airport Terminal
6415 Bryan Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27409
(336) 665-5600

3/12-3/19
Charlotte Veterans Center
2114 Ben Craig Dr., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 549-8025

3/19-3/23
North Carolina State Legislative Building
16 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 733-4111

3/19-3/25
Richard's Coffee Shop, Mooresville
128 South Main Street
Mooresville, NC 28115
(704) 663-0488

3/19-3/30
Founders Hall Charlotte
100 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 716-8649