The terms World War I or World War II have become so ubiquitous as generic labels for two events in history that we often don't stop and think about them being actual events that took place and affected millions of people world wide.

World, means every person on the planet was in some way a part of the efforts to stem early twentieth century totalitarianism, and this isn't to digress into the political aspects of conflict, but rather the personal.

When one says millions of people affected, the term becomes a mere label. When you look at the story of individuals, it becomes a memory worth repeating.

August 2nd through October 19 the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center will host The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II. 

This amazing and extensive collection of photographs, artifacts and oral histories will highlight Louisiana's extraordinary contributions individually and en masse to the war effort.

During the war some 280,000 citizens from Louisiana participated including my own family. My uncle Lamar who was a B-17 maintenance chief in England, and later owned Keenan's Garage on Ryan street in the 1950s-60s, and his wife my aunt Rosalie who literally helped hands-on build the USS Orleck at the Orange shipyards.

Local families have already brought numerous items for display including letters, medals and clothing. The display is a celebration of homegrown veterans and families touched by the war. A Wall of Honor featuring the photos of local veterans who served will be alongside the display.

The exhibit is on loan from the National World War II Museum and can be seen at the Arts and Cultural Center from August 2-October 19. The hours are Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm and Saturday 10 am - 2 pm. Admission is Free. Call 337-491-9147 or click here.