The public is invited to join photographer Steve Snyder of Images of the Ozarks by Steve Snyder as he presents his project, The Freedom Endeavor, which collects veterans' portraits and oral histories in a unique way. Learn where the idea for the project came from and how the project is evolving as well as future goals while the exhibit is on display at the MARC in Mt. Vernon. This exhibit of The Freedom Endeavor showcases 23 veterans from the growing project as well as parts from each one’s story. The reception is free and open to the public from 4-8 p.m. on December 1.

This traveling gallery exhibition series, on display at the MARC through the end of January, features 24” x 36”, black and white prints portraying the veterans in an almost life size setting with links to each veteran's audio story. Veterans images and their stories are also being showcased on the website, www.freedomendeavor.org.

The Freedom Endeavor is a project to honor and raise awareness of who the nation’s veterans are. We see them everyday, we meet them on the street, but how do we distinguish the people responsible for our freedoms and liberties? It recognizes everyday citizens who have served in the U.S. military, who have taken the oath to protect our Constitutional freedoms and our lives; the oath that states, “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The Freedom Endeavor honors these veterans through the use of dramatic photography as well as audio, video and text media. Each image shows the Veteran as they are today and as they were in the service. The contrast between their current appearance and their service time can be vastly different. An audio/video interview is recorded as they tell the story of their service time in their own words. Some say little, some say a lot, but each has a different story. The project is offered at no charge to the veterans. With 22 million veterans in the U.S. today, there is no shortage of subject material.