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Exhibit on 1969 events opening at Vietnam Memorial Gallery

May 8, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new exhibit chronicling the end of one of the most turbulent decades in American history is opening to the public at the Empire State Plaza.

The exhibit titled “1969” opens Wednesday at the Vietnam Memorial Gallery in the Robert Abrams Justice Building in downtown Albany.

Events such as the first moon landing and Woodstock music concert occurred 50 years ago this year, while the Vietnam War raged in Southeast Asia.

The exhibit includes photographs, archival footage and artifacts from the era, along with audio recordings of veterans from New York telling stories about their Vietnam experience in ’69.

Nicholas Valenti, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and is now a leader of the Vietnam Veteran chapters of New York, will join state officials at Wednesday afternoon’s official opening.