Veterans Gallery Exhibits, Room 102

Veterans Gallery: The Veterans Gallery, is managed by the American Legion War Memorial Commission. The Commission is dedicated to preserving and presenting historical artifacts and information related to our country’s wars and military service in an accessible and educational setting. Wars and military service are often mythologized in ways the obscure the horror of wars, and the lasting effects they have on the men and women who serve, the civilians caught up in them, and the environmental damage they inflict. The Veterans Gallery seeks to bring an honest and wide ranging series of temporary exhibits to these issues.

Current Exhibits: 2019


  • Jan 16-Mar 13 Violins Of Hope an exhibit of surviving instruments from the WWII extermination camp orchestras. Some instruments will be use in concerts around the Bay Area or in the Wisley Center, 4th Floor, Veterans Building. PBS documentry: Violins of Hope Instruments From The Holocaust.
  • March 18 – May 12 Waging Peace Exhibit and companion book tells the story of the GI movement — the anti-war coffeehouses — the hundreds of GI newspapers giving an independent voice — voices of active soldiers —  the stockade revolts — the strikes — the near-mutinies on naval vessels and in the air force.
  • May 18 – July 17 Remembering Light 13 artists created 25 windows and  glass art pieces from stained glass shards US Army Chaplain Frederick McDonald found in the rubble of war-shattered churches and a synagogue during World War II.
  • September 24 – December 21 Joe Rosenberg Photo Exhibit US Marine Corp Combat Journalists Association exhibit of San Francisco Chronicle photographer who captured the iconic Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima photograph.
  • TBA Filipino Independence Anniversary Exhibit, Room 224.

Veterans Building, Photos: San Francisco Public Library