Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Brian Gray, a retired marine, spoke about his exciting adventures on his ship, the U.S.S. Missouri. The pictures and flags show the places Gray went during service like Somalia, Hawaii, Australia, and the Philippines.

Meet the Veteran

Brian Gray was in the United States Marines Corps during the Gulf War in 1991. In the war he was in two operations, Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He was first assigned to Desert Shield where he had to protect oil fields. Later when Operation Desert Shield ended it became Desert Storm, where he went on the USS Missouri battleship. He went to many places including Hawaii, Somalia, Philippines, and Australia. He has completed his service as a Marine and lives on his family’s farm. At the age of 48, he is finishing college and anticipates finishing in one year.

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.