If you were ever curious about what life is like as an American soldier now or in the past. You will enjoy the “Art of the American Soldier” exhibit at the National Constitution Center located in Philadelphia, PA. from September 24, 2010 to January 10, 2011. This exhibit allows you to see life as a soldier dating from War World I to present day. The artwork in this exhibit is beautifully done.
The U.S. Army Center of Military History has also done a wonderful job preserving past artworks done by American soldiers and artists that were allowed to accompany soldiers during war to document the event. This display of artwork is a must see for anyone regardless of age or beliefs. Many people just read or hear about what war or combat is like through print and television.
Now, you have another medium that will allow you to see what the soldiers saw and how they really lived also what life was like being in combat. This exhibit is educational and enlightening. This art is not full of photos of battles or people bandaged up there are some drawing of the landscapes and of the native people. Even if you disagree with the idea of going to war or disagree with American soldiers being deployed to fight a war that you felt was not just.
This artwork by soldiers will not change your mind about the war they fought or is still fighting but it will give you an insight as to what they are experiencing everyday. The artwork allows you to see the human side of war. This art exhibit is not glorifying war it is about the human beings and their accounts of events that was happening to them at that time and place. Looking at these artworks may even bring back memories of what you were doing during that time frame.