Two weeks ago, Michel Miller of the Ventura County Reporter came by Bell Arts Factory to interview our own Moses Mora about the Vietnam War, the subject of a new exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County. The exhibit, called “We Remember: Ventura County To Vietnam and Back,” will honor Vietnam veterans 40 years after the fall of Saigon.
The article begins with a quote from Moses and runs as follows:
“‘The first casualty of war is the truth.’
It’s a maxim that Vietnam War veteran Moses Mora finds particularly apt when discussing the quagmire of fact, fiction and opinion surrounding the war he spent one long year fighting and the rest of his life recovering from. It’s also one of the first things visitors to the Museum of Ventura County will notice upon entering “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back” an exhibition that opens on Friday, April 10 — 40 years after the Fall of Saigon, the final showdown in the controversial and cruel conflict. “I have my stories and every veteran has his own stories,” says Mora, “and each of us has our own version of the truth. We are all just carrying these things with us.”
Curated by the museum’s Anna Bermudez and filmmaker/Vietnam veteran George Sandoval, the exhibition will attempt, through story, artifact and dialogue, to reflect the individual truths of the local men and women who served in Vietnam — the ones who made it home and the ones who did not.”