Thursday, November 07, 2013

Free Events for Veterans Day Weekend

There are many ways to celebrate and appreciate veterans and their experiences this upcoming Veterans Day Weekend.  Here are a few (and FREE!) ideas from our calendar that you may want to explore.  Read on to learn more about a festival in the Port of Los Angeles, the reading of Civil War letters from the battlefields, and poetry that inspired Benjamin Britten's great work War Requiem.

Veterans Appreciation Festival
Saturday, November 9, 2013 -  10AM-4PM
Battleship IOWA - Port of Los Angeles 
The City of Los Angeles and Battleship IOWA host this second annual event that includes live music, food trucks, children's activities, veterans resource booths, and more!  Visitors can also take a tour of Battleship IOWA (Free for Veterans and active duty military w/ ID; Tour admission costs apply for adults, seniors, and children).

Civil War Letters: Written Sentiments To and From the Battlefields
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 9AM-2PM
California African American Museum - Downtown LA
The California African American Museum (CAAM) offers this dramatic reading of Civil War letters.  Filled with eloquence, humor, and romance, these letters provide "moving accounts of life during the 'War between the States'.  This event is in conjunction to CAAM's popular exhibition African American Military Portraits from the American Civil War (ongoing until the end of December 2013).  RSVP required for dramatic reading event.

The Pity of War - Hammer Readings: Poetry
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 5PM-7PM
Hammer Museum - West Los Angeles
Co-presented with Britten 100/LA: A Celebration, this event features poetry that inspired composer Benjamin Britten, whose many great achievements include his War Requiem.  This program features readings of English poet Wilfred Owen, whose nine war poems are integrated into Britten's great work, as well as select Britten contemporaries W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, and W.B. Yeats.

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Editor

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