Boyle Heights Day of the Dead exhibit celebrates Latino veterans
Casa 0101 Theater will host a dedication of the exhibit, which explores death in wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, during a ceremony and reception at 8 p.m. tonight. The exhibit will feature a colorful altar with photos and other memorabilia dedicated to Latino members of the armed forces.
Day of the Dead, or Día de Los Muertos, is observed Nov. 2. Typically, family members visit graveyards, taking food and decorating burial sites with candles, flowers and photos of deceased relatives. The roots of the holiday date back hundreds of years to before the arrival of the Spanish in the Americas.
"This is a way of honoring the dead but with a purpose and a message," said Casa 0101 founder Josefina Lopez, a writer whose autobiographical play, "Real Woman Have Curves," was made into an acclaimed HBO movie. "We want to affirm our contribution to this country."
The event is open to the public and will also feature a screening of "As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos," a documentary about the toll of war on three Chicano Vietnam veterans.
--Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Latino soldier taking a break. Credit: Casa 0101.