SCC Hosting National Exhibit Honoring 6,500+ Service Members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001


Special Reception on Monday, September 14 from 5 – 7 p.m.


(Faribault, MN) September 11, 2015 - South Central College is proud to present “Always Lost: A Meditation on War,” a national traveling exhibition honoring those who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The exhibit will be on display in the Event Center of South Central College, located at 1225 Third Street SW in Faribault, now until September 23 and open to the public Mondays from Noon – 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and other times by appointment.

All are invited to a Special Reception to commemorate the exhibition on Monday, September 14 from 5 - 7 p.m., with a short program at 5:15 p.m. 

The moving exhibition features 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning Iraq war photographs by David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer courtesy of the Dallas Morning News and is accompanied by the literary reflections of students, veterans and their families. Included in the exhibition is the personal story and writings of Specialist Noah Pierce, (born and raised in Eveleth, MN.), who took his own life after serving two tours in Iraq, a  further reminder of the devastating cost of war. 

At the heart of the exhibition is the Wall of the Dead, which depicts the faces and names of the more than 6,500 service men and women who have died in those wars since September 11, 2001. The wall continues to grow as it is regularly updated to reflect the increasing number of casualties.

The Always Lost exhibition began as a classroom project at Western Nevada College to create a humanities exhibition that would humanize the consequences of war and honor those who fought in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The program has been funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Minnesota statewide tour has been made possible by the Minnesota Humanities Center and funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Some photos contain graphic images of war that may be disturbing to some individuals and may not be suitable for children. 

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 About South Central College
South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. The college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences programs offer an Associate of Arts degree and new Associate in Fine Arts degree, which provide students with an opportunity to take their first two years of college at SCC before transferring to Minnesota State University, Mankato to complete their Bachelor’s degree. SCC also offers 40 technical programs, with these students benefiting from expert technical instruction, along with liberal arts and sciences courses in areas pertinent to their particular career area. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator. For more information about SCC visit