JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Thalia Mara Hall was filled Sunday with art and music from some of the country’s most talented veterans.
More than 100 veterans exhibited their artwork and performed at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
The gala featured a variety show which included music, dance, and original writings.
All of the performers had previously won gold medals from year-long national fine arts competitions.
“It gives the men and women, who have been injured in war and combat, both seen and unseen injuries, gives them an outlet to express themselves through their artwork,” said Mike Morina, the Public Affairs Officer for National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events.
The festival first started as a national event back in 1989.
Organizers say they hope to keep it going for years to come.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival is presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary.]