HOLMDEL, NJ – The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host two special exhibits beginning this month through September 2011 at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center.  The first, the History of POW/MIA Awareness, showcases a collection of POW/MIA memorabilia highlighting the history of POW/MIA awareness during the Vietnam War.  The second exhibit, Vietnam:  Then & Now is a collection of photographs of modern day Vietnam by photographer Christine Cuthbertson.

The History of POW/MIA Awareness exhibit explores the issues surrounding POWs, MIAs, and the groups founded to support them.  The showcase will include item such as POW/MIA bracelets, belongings from former POW David Drummond, stories of POWs and MIAs on the Memorial, and much more.  As an extension of the exhibition, David Drummond will also share his personal story on July 23, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. as part of the Foundation’s monthly lecture series at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center.

Vietnam:  Then & Now is a collection of photographs taken by local photographer Christine Cuthbertson of Cranford, NJ during her 2009 trip to Vietnam. The trip was meant to provide closure after Cuthbertson’s brother, a Vietnam veteran, passed away, and many of the photographs capture cities where Vietnam veterans were stationed. Her photographs also show a changing country from its people, culture and landscapes, and is extremely educational for those looking to learn more about Vietnam in today’s age. Cuthbertson will also discuss her trip and photographs during a special presentation at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center on April 9, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

Admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel.  Regular adult admission is $5.00; student and senior citizen admission is $3.00; and children under 10 are admitted free.  The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116.  The Museum & Educational Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Please visit our website at www.njvvmf.org for more information.