Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, has become the day of celebrating and honoring those that had fought in wars from the World War I onwards. While the Treaty of Versailles was not signed until June 28th, 1919, meaning the war was officially over, seven months prior to that, on the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, fighting had already ceased between Germany and the allied nations. That day was supposed to mark “the end of the ‘War that would end all Wars’”
As we marched long through history, it was unfortunately not to be the last of our wars. World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, through to our present days, we are still fighting and losing soldiers and civilians all around the globe. Every year on November 11th, we remember those who fought and commemorate them.
Local artist Christine Hall chose to commemorate the soldiers of Vietnam using assemblage art. This piece will be hanging at the La Quinta Museum from November 12th onwards. I wrote to Christine to find out more about the piece, so here she writes in her own words:
“This piece began when I proposed to a local artist that I wished to work with her. She suggested we work on something together. I told her I had done Memorial Posters in honor of deceased spouses. I also indicated my husband served in Vietnam and then it popped up we would create something to do with Vietnam.
The plan was to use a box as a basic structure. Next thing I knew I was collecting old photos from war buddies, gun shells found at a thrift store and located Vietnam memorabilia from EBay and Amazon. The pieces came together inside a small cabinet. My husband helped me select the correct memorabilia for the time he served.
On the front, I juxtaposed two copies of a transparency of a photograph. The photo was of one of the soldiers who died in Vietnam. He served as a Corpsman treating small wounds and injuries in the field.
The tribute includes a belt, a small scrapbook, a map of Vietnam, sand from Hill 65 which one of the buddies garnered on a recent trip to Vietnam, a small medical kit and a photo of my husband.
This art piece is in honor of all who served in Vietnam but in particular, “Doc” Shappee.”
Please visit the museum Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm to view Christine Hall’s assemblage piece. For one week only! NOV 12th – NOV 19th.
La Quinta Museum | 77-885 Ave Montezuma, La Quinta, CA 92253 | (760) 777-7170