Unspoken Heroes

Helping Hand

The piece of art shows Specialist Serikaku as both soldiers, because he was a paratrooper and a medic. They are silhouetted with the American flag, because he was very proud to serve his country. The landscape in the background represents the mountains of Vietnam, which is where he served.

Meet the Veteran

Specialist David Serikaku is a veteran from the Vietnam war where he served as a paratrooper and a medic from 1969 to 1971. Specialist Serikaku’s father was in the military, which did not influence his view of wanting to go into the war but did affect the way he treated his time serving. Specialist Serikaku really enjoyed his time in the military, specifically as a medic because he was very proud to serve for his country and enjoyed helping other people. He enjoyed helping people so much that he decided to go to nursing school when he left. Specialist Serikaku was a registered nurse for 37 years. He now lives with his wife in Illinois.

Student-created art exhibit highlighting veteran stories

Seventh grade students at Carleton W. Washburne Middle School in Winnetka turned oral histories into works of art. Forty-five students worked in groups of 4 to research and interview 11 veterans, most of whom are Cantigny Park staff members or volunteers. The art in this exhibit is inspired by these interviews.

First Division Museum Program and Exhibit staff worked with students to turn their projects into a museum exhibit with a theme, labels, title, and a gallery guide. It is currently online until we can welcome visitors back to the First Division Museum to see it in person.