As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
— - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Sturgis Area Arts Council and the Sturgis Public Library are collaborating with a diverse group of community leaders and Veterans to spearhead the process. Our events and discussions will center around the novel titled The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, whose own tour in Vietnam served as the inspiration for the book. 

The committee has been working since last summer to develop programs that facilitate a conversation within our community surrounding the unique cultural and social moment which was Vietnam.

Further, and perhaps more importantly, we aim to acknowledge the effects of war on the veterans, their families, the nation, and our own Sturgis community. Through our work already, it's evident that those effects are still being deeply felt within Sturgis and the lessons learned may be applied to better understanding those who served not only in Vietnam, but in every conflict since. These programs will be held between Labor Day and Veteran's Day 2017.

We were awarded $11,300 to cover some of the expenses from the National Endowment for the Arts through their Big Read Grant program. Learn more about it here. An additional $5000 was donated by AARP to make the visit by O'Brien possible.