Minnesota Humanities Center and Normandale Community College present: Always Lost: A Meditation on War

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Always Lost: A Meditation on War is a photographic memorial to the more than 6,500 service men and women who have died since September 11, 2001 in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The installation is being showcased at Normandale Community College November 24 to December 5 to honor all who have served.  

Always Lost: A Meditation on War is the result of a creative writing class at Western Nevada College (WNC) in 2009 in which students developed a project that depicted the personal costs of war.  The result is a powerful art installation that honors the personal sacrifice and collective loss of service men and women who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  At the heart of the exhibition is the Wall of the Dead, which depicts the faces and names of the more than 6,500 service men and women who have died in those wars since September 11, 2001.

The stark images feature Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photos courtesy of the Dallas Morning News photojournalists, David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer, who were embedded with Marine units in Iraq.  It also includes literary works by WNC students, Veterans, and family members of Veterans.  The exhibit pays special tribute to SPC Noah Pierce, an Iraq war Veteran, who took his own life after serving two combat tours in Iraq.  

An open house reception will be held on Tuesday, November 25 from 3:30 to 5 pm with a brief program at 4 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kopp Student Center. The exhibit will be closed over the Thanksgiving Holiday break from Thursday, November 27 to Sunday, November 30.

About Normandale Community College

Normandale Community College is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of national higher education associations that functions in cooperation with the Department of Defense and the military services to help meet the higher education needs of service members.  Normandale was also proclaimed a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon company in November 2013 for its ongoing role in supporting veterans on campus. Currently, Normandale serves almost 600 Veteran and military affiliated students.

About the Minnesota Humanities Center
Focused on the future of the state, the Humanities Center brings the unique resources of the humanities to the challenges and opportunities of our times. We work in partnership across the state to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society. With the unique resources of the humanities, the Humanities Center builds community and brings into public life the untold stories that deepen our connections to each other and help us imagine and create a vibrant future. For more information about the Minnesota Humanities Center visit: mnhum.org.