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Published: Sunday, 11/3/2013

U.S. military veteran art speaks volumes at Way Library

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Perrysburg resident Betty Weilant, left, looks over art work Sunday with Eileen Challen of Macomb during a Veteran's Art Exhibition presented by Way Public Library and PRIZM Creative Community in Perrysburg. Weilant had a painting honoring her brother Dennis, who served in Vietnam, on display. Perrysburg resident Betty Weilant, left, looks over art work Sunday with Eileen Challen of Macomb during a Veteran's Art Exhibition presented by Way Public Library and PRIZM Creative Community in Perrysburg. Weilant had a painting honoring her brother Dennis, who served in Vietnam, on display.
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A collage of artwork done by U.S. military veterans was revealed on Sunday in the Way Public Library.

The Veteran's Art Exhibit, in the library's lower level, will be on display until Jan. 3.

PHOTO GALLERY: Veteran's Art Exhibit in Perrysburg

Some of the exhibit's artwork is photography, some is watercolors and oil on canvas, and some is welded steel.

The library had a commemorative program on Sunday for the art exhibit, coupled with a book signing and artist reception. 

PRIZM Creative Community helped with the project. 

An official with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services in Columbus opened the ceremony on Sunday, then flag colors were presented by the Perrysburg American Legion Post 28. 

Retired Colonel David Taylor made a presentation, too. He served of combat during the Vietnam War, where he was wounded twice, then 22 years in the Army Reserve in special operations and counter-terrorism.

For patrons, he signed his book Our War: The History and Sacrifices of an Infantry Battalion in the Vietnam War. Herbert Dettmer also had a signing for Others: a collection of Christian and patriotic verses, poems and prayers.

Included in the exhibition are original pieces of visual and literary art by retired military personnel, and select pieces to honor veterans who have served our country. Also on display is a poem by Fred Taylor, documenting his personal experience in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. 



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