On Sept. 21, an article titled “Veterans honored in history exhibit” appeared in County Roundup that was at best incomplete.
On Sept. 19, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, an exhibit created and funded by the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum to honor those Californians who remain unaccounted for from the Korean War to the present, was opened at the History Center of San Luis Obispo County. The exhibit includes “A White Table of Remembrance,” a table set for one person with objects symbolic of a POW or MIA’s absence and a “Fallen Soldier Battlefield Cross,” composed of the rifle, dog tags, boots and helmet of a soldier killed in battle. Large panels list the names of Californians who never returned, dating from the Korean War to the present, with the numbers of those missing in World War II. Research for the exhibit was done by Gail Pruitt, the museum’s archivist.
The museum is honored that the History Center of San Luis Obispo gave us the space to share this exhibit with the community through December and to participate in Art After Dark, but it is not about book signing. It is to honor those who have been lost defending our country.