It was almost a generation ago, but it still seems like a nightmare -- somehow unreal and little understood.
Vietnam. The 1960s.
Now a group of more than 30 members of Vietnam Veterans of America, Niagara County Chapter 268, have done something about dispelling that lingering sense of unreality.
An exhibit, "Vietnam Veterans: Our Photo Album," under the direction of photographic show chairman Walter E. Moxham Jr., is on display at the Carnegie Cultural Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda, through Thursday.
The exhibit features some 250 color and black-and-white photos, a 90-minute videotape called "Dear America, Letters Home from Vietnam" and the music that brings back memories of the time.
Though there are some combat photos, many of the photos are tender scenes from the daily lives of the Vietnamese people. Others show a countryside of almost storybook beauty, rural villages and cityscapes.
The understanding of the Vietnam reality is reinforced by the videotape. In one segment, the voice of a lone soldier tries to describe for the folks back home how he felt when asked to identify the body of someone he knew. "I couldn't," he said. "His face..." and the words trail off.
The display may be viewed from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. The center is closed today.