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Northfield, Minnesota
Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide
Discussion facilitators visited a war memorial in Northfield as part of their training. Photo by Michael Murray, courtesy of the Minnesota Humanities Center.

As part of the NEH’s Dialogues on the Experience of War initiative, the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) developed Echoes of War, a program that helped veterans and civilians reflect on the impact of war on their communities through facilitated discussions and public events. Participants read and discussed the anthology Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian and examined how wars from World War I to the conflicts in Iraq are remembered through the state’s war memorials. Most importantly, the program gave veterans tools to reflect upon and share their experiences while making a meaningful contribution to bridging the military-civilian divide in three communities.

““[Echoes of War] gave me a voice to share my unique experiences while allowing me to interact with people who I would normally not come in contact with. Understanding their perspectives and experiences gave me a more well rounded sense of my own life and personal history.”

–Veteran participant

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