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Adjutants General Association of the United States members visit American Soldier exhibit

May 20, 2010

The EADS North America-sponsored photographic tribute to U.S. Soldiers and Marines continues to draw large audiences across the country, showcasing the American warfighter from the Civil War to ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Earlier this week, the American Soldier exhibit played host to all 54 Adjutants General of the United States at the Frazier Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, where it currently is on display until September 5, 2010.

This visit coincided with the Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS) Annual Conference, which brings together senior leadership of the Army and Air National Guard of all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Among other notable past attendees is Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Army’s Central Command, who viewed the photographic tribute during its exhibition at Manhattan, Kansas’ Beach Museum in 2009 and was very impressed with the entire collection.

The powerful American Soldier photo collection made its debut in 2007, and has since traveled across the United States for extended exhibitions at nine venues. The exhibit’s curator and producer Cyma Rubin says overall response has been “tremendous,” with the tribute attracting visitors of all kinds – from students and families to veterans and active duty military personnel. To date, it has been viewed by approximately 900,000 people.

The exhibition traveled to Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2008, and as part of the exhibition opening, EADS North America organized a fundraising drive that collected nearly $300,000 in donations benefitting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Army Emergency Relief.

Rubin underscored the photo collection’s visual and emotional impact: “When the military came through at the opening in Louisville, they were stunned,” she said. “And this reaction is repeated practically at every venue it is shown.”

“It’s a tribute and an education for all. These are our men and women, risking their lives to defend us,” Rubin added. “Let’s also not forget the photographers, who are out there documenting these events. Sixty-nine photojournalists have been killed internationally during current conflicts.”

Following its run at the Frazier Museum, the collection of American Soldier images will be exhibited at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan beginning on March 17, 2011 – followed by a three-month stay at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas during 2012.

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