Special Veterans Day Program
San Francisco, CA 94121
Eight World War II veterans and artists recount their experience in the service and their use of art as journalism, as a tactical tool, and as a way to preserve their own sanity. Covering all branches of the military (including the once top-secret Deception Corps), the participants enlighten, challenge, and even amuse with their powerful imagery, showing that war is indeed hell but that creativity and hope can exist in the face of destruction.
In Florence Gould Theater
Film Screening: "Art in the Face of War," directed by David Baugnon (2006, 76 min.)
Robert Gurney plays patriotic music in honor of all of the people who have served and are currently serving in the United States military.
In addition, the Book of Gold, a commemorative book created by museum founder Alma Spreckles containing the names and hometowns of all Californian soldiers, sailors, and marines killed in the First World War, will be on display through the weekend. This Veterans Day also marks the 83rd anniversary of the founding of the Legion of Honor by Adolph and Alma Spreckles. The museum was a gift from the Spreckles family in 1924 to the city of San Francisco in commemoration of California solidiers killed in World War I.