Vietnam Veteran J. Kimo Williams developed and created The Names of Those (TNOT), a video that scrolls names alphabetically by State of every military service member who died due to their service during the Vietnam War. Kimo states that "we should all be cognizant of those who lost their lives in service to the country. I want to create a visual representation of those lives and by April 30th, 2025 (the 50th anniversary of the end of the War) to have presented TNOT in all 50 states and allow the viewer to emotionally connect to the names without any interruption of any kind."
As an eternal flame is used to commemorate a person or event of national significance, and as Webster defines it, "a small fire that is kept burning as a symbol to show that something will never end." The Names of Those is an eternal scroll of Names - a Memoriam to those lives lost. The goal of this video is to provide a unique visual perspective of each service member's names who, according to the National Archives, is considered a casualty directly related to their service in the Vietnam War.
The physical art piece includes; an enlarged cast-iron replica of the Vietnam Service medal created by Somalia Veteran Erich Ruth, and an enlarged enhanced digital photo image of the Vietnam Service Ribbon by J. Kimo Williams printed on cloth and stitched by Army Veteran Carol Williams. The Ribbon is hung over a picture of the Mekong Delta River, photographed by J. Kimo Williams. The video monitor is in the center of this image on a rolling rack that is 48" W, 72" H, and 17" deep. The monitor is mounted in such a way to be surrounded by the image of the ribbon, and the medal is hung and protruding from the base of the monitor (see image at www.thenamesofthose.com.
It is recommended that the artwork be installed in a room (or enclosed space) that is a minimum of 20' x 20' and allow for rows of chairs for observers. Additionally, as a show of respect for those who sacrificed, observers of the installation should refrain from talking or using any audible devices (a placard should be erected with this request). It is expected that there may be those who will have an emotional response to TNOT and the presentation environment should be a place of silent reflection if warranted.
A published program is provided for download or viewing [HERE}. The music for the TNOT video was composed by J. Kimo Williams and include his award-winning compositions, Symphony For The Sons of Nam, Fanfare For Life, and American Soldier. It is looped continuously as all 58,220 names are presented.
For the music associated with American Soldier, actor Gary Sinise provides the oratory written by Army Veteran and textile artist Carol Williams.
In 1970 as an Army Combat Engineer serving a tour of duty in Vietnam, Kimo Williams began a fascination with capturing images and composing music that reflects his life experiences and observations. Together, photography and music provide his distinct voice for self-reflection, social commentary, and cultural engagement. In 2018 he opened his photo gallery, KimoPics. Located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Little Beck LLC/KimoPics is a government verified veteran-owned business. The Gallery exhibits photos from his exploration of Shepherdstown and the surrounding area and images from his years traveling the world as a performer. KimoPics produces at least two themed exhibits each year.
More information to include curricula Vita and biographies are available at www.kimowilliams.com
Your contribution will enable us to raise funds to display The Names of Those art installation in each of the 50 States by April 30th, 2025 (The 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War).