When preparing last weeks blog article announcing the launching of the 2007 Veterans Day Commeoration at The Wall that I learned of the planned 13 November 2007 unveiling of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection at the Department of Interior though I, then, planned to conclude my 2007 Veterans Day Commemoration with an attendance at the 13 November evening event after the Downtown DC BID 10th Anniversary Vision Event on Tuesday morning at the Sidney Harman Hall I was not able to make to the Interior Museum's "The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: America Responds" opening.
However, since today was, perhaps, the last day before the weather changes and hoping to get a few shots of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection Exhibit at the Interior Museum which since 1993 I have refered to as Writings On The Wall I hurried over to the Interior Museum at 1849 C Street in NW WDC.
Only to learn that PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT PERMITTED inside the Interior Museum. While I could have gone inside to view the exhibit I was in no mood for the racism that I would have to confront. While I, of course, WOULD NOT PHOTOGRAPH inside the museum ... a black with three cameras would arouse so much suspicion that I decided to return at some later date to view the exhibit which will be on display through 31 May 2008.
Instead and hoping to get a photo or two of an 'artifact at the wall' so that I could use as an image for this posting I took a stroll over to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Where, once again but as always, my photography of artifacts, flowers and writings on the wall ... aroused so much suspicion that I left 'mad as hell!'. Due, partly to the fact, that when photographing the 11 November 2007 Veterans Day Observance the shutter in one of my cameras jammed in the same way that the shutters of both my cameras jammed during my 01 April 2006 Cherry Blossom Festival Tidal Basin photo walk.
Since The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: America Responds exhibit will be on display at the Department of Interior Museum until 31 May 2008 I'll return at some later date ... without my cameras.
Located on the first floor of 1849 C Street, NW, WDC, though the Interior Museum posted hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except for Federal holidays and the third Saturday of the month you may should call (202) 208-4743, to confirm times. Admission is free.