Veterans' Voices

Veterans’ Voices draws on the power of the humanities to call attention to the stories and contributions of Veterans. This initiative amplifies, honors, and recognizes the stories and contributions of Minnesota Veterans in their own voice through plays, art, discussion groups, and the Veterans’ Voices Award.

Through collaboration and development eight themes have been identified as resonating with Veterans which are clearly woven throughout the entire program.  They are:  Combat vs Non-Combat, Duty, Family, Motivation, Perception, Reintegration, Service and Transformation.

Help support Veterans' Voices by donating through the Minnesota Humanities Center's Veterans' Voices Give MN page.

Reflections on War and Service: Memorials on the St. Paul Capitol Mall

An Educator Guide to War Memorials at the Minnesota State Capitol Mall

How Americans remember war and military service is shaped by two narratives. The first story is about duty and honor that memorialize war; the second story includes those intensely personal experiences of Veterans and how war is remembered. War memorials, like those found here in Minnesota on the State Capitol Mall and those on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., serve as visual resources for the public to reflect on how war is memorialized and remembered. Reflections on War and Service fills in the missing stories (those absent narratives) of Veterans, service members, and military families who remember war. This educator guide is designed around the stories of war, service, and memorials that are experienced on a class field trip to five specific war memorials on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds.

War Memorial Educator Guide (PDF)

Explore Additional Veterans’ Voices Resources

 

2016 Veterans' Voices Award

The 2016 Veterans' Voices Award recognizes, amplifies, and honors Minnesotans who have honorably served and are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. These actively engaged, former and current military service members go above and beyond to make significant, positive contributions that improve the lives of people across Minnesota. 

2016 Veterans' Voices Awardees (PDF) | Why They Were Nominated (PDF)

2015 Veterans' Voices Awardees (PDF)

2014 Veterans' Voices Awardees
 (PDF) 

2013 Veterans' Voices Awardees
 (PDF)

 

Sponsored Events

Outside Paducah, presented by Gremlin Theatre

Written and performed by J.A. Moad II and directed by Leah Cooper
Dates: November 10-13, 2016
Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
Location: Bloomington Center for the Arts
Cost: Ticket prices vary. Please visit Gremlin Theatre for complete details

J.A. Moad II is a Veterans’ Voices program advisor and a 20-year Veteran Air Force C-130 pilot. An award-winning writer and performer, Moad delivers three powerful and fascinating stories from three different generational perspectives about the challenges, joy, love, and heartbreak surrounding our Veterans and those most important to them once they return home.

Learn more about J.A. Moad II and Outside Paducah in St. Louis Magazine.

This programming is sponsored in part with support from private individuals supporting the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Veterans’ Voices programming and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.