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WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College is honoring veterans Tuesday in recognition of Veterans Day. The school, recently recognized as a military friendly school, is offering the community a chance to pay tribute to local v...

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Minnesota West Community and Technical College will offer several programs next week in honor of Veterans Day.

WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community and Technical College is honoring veterans Tuesday in recognition of Veterans Day.

The school, recently recognized as a military friendly school, is offering the community a chance to pay tribute to local veterans and others with special screenings of “Coming Back with Wes Moore” and the touring exhibit “Always Lost: A Meditation on War.” The events are free and open to the public.
Pioneer Public Television is working with Minnesota West to promote two screenings of “Coming Back with Wes Moore” at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center on campus. The program follows some of the 2.5 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan as they reintegrate themselves into civilian life.
Moore, a bestselling author and former White House fellow, was himself a member of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan. In the series, Moore explores questions surrounding the issues about why some veterans are able to reintegrate themselves back into society, while some cannot.
Hors d’oeuvres, compliments of Minnesota West and Compassionate Care Hospice, will be served at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center. Compassionate Care Hospice is proudly involved in the We Honor Veterans program, engaging in ongoing training to deliver appropriate care to their veteran patients and families.
“We’re really excited to have Pioneer Public TV come back down to Worthington and do this screening for us,” said Roxanne Hayenga, community development coordinator at Minnesota West’s Worthington campus. “This show was actually on public TV last spring and is the first of a three-part series. … It’s nice to have that partnership again.”
For a personal touch, the campus also will offer showings of a video featuring students who are veterans prior to each showing of the program. Additionally, the video will be shown Nov. 15 before the stage production of “The Things They Carried” at Memorial Auditorium.

The “Always Lost” touring exhibit, developed by Western Nevada College, is a powerful arts and humanities exhibit featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographs courtesy of the Dallas Morning News and literary reflections on the nature of war. It also features “The Wall of the Dead,” which is comprised of individual photographs of the more than 6,500 U.S. military casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001.
Due to the themes and images of war, the exhibit many not be suitable for children.
“It’s very moving. It’s not for everyone to see because it is very graphic,” Certifying Officer Barb Staples said.
Staples added that while the exhibit is graphic, she would by no means discourage the public from viewing it.
“People can go in and just view it and be with it,” she said. “They can look at it and absorb it however they want to.”
The exhibit serves as a memorial honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a means to reflect on the effects of war one everyone, and our obligations to those whom have served.
“It’s (the exhibit) geared for the public to understand what the veteran is experiencing and why they are experiencing it,” Staples explained.
Staples noted that the exhibit aims to open a dialogue between those who have served and civilians.
“Always Lost” has been traveling college campuses throughout the country since 2010. The program has been funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Minnesota statewide tour has been made possible by the Minnesota Humanities Center and funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

The “Always Lost” exhibit will be displayed at the Minnesota West Worthington Campus in room 113 from Veterans Day through Nov. 16. Hours available for viewing are:
Tuesday: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 12-14: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Nov. 15-16: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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