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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Memorial Day thoughts

  • While attending the Memorial Day service at Sunset Cemetary, and listening to the speakers’ word about our soldiers, and our veterans, I was reminded of a display I saw while visiting the Minneapolis College of Art and Design art exhibition a few months ago.
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  • While attending the Memorial Day service at Sunset Cemetary, and listening to the speakers’ word about our soldiers, and our veterans, I was reminded of a display I saw while visiting the Minneapolis College of Art and Design art exhibition a few months ago.
     
    The display, which stood alone in a dim room that seemed to be sound proof, created an atmosphere that felt somewhat tense. There was a real gravity to that room, that told you to respect what was inside.
     
    The display itself was at the far end of the room, visible only once you had entered. It was a massive suit of armor, similar to scalemail, standing 10 or 12 feet tall, and wide enough to dominate your vision as you crossed the room.
     
    Getting closer, I saw there was more to the armor. It was polished, and it seemed to singularly illuminate the room by reflecting the otherwise dim light around it.
     
    Then, even closer, I saw what the scalemail was made of. Hundreds, maybe thousands of metal, military identification tags were sewn together to create the huge suit of armor.
     
    I remember the realization being crushing. Wondering just how many fallen soldiers this armor represented, wondering what their lives were, and who they had left behind -- it consumed me for awhile.
     
    When I finally left, it was with the understanding that something had been built from sacrifice. I think that the people who left the dozens of individual flowers at the base of the exhibit might have felt the same.

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