Letters from Home
Letters from Home was installed in the Vietnam Memorial Garden in Vista, California. The way it is presented is from a family’s intimate experience with the death of their brother Ernie Pinamonti and others who lost their lives in the Vietnam war. Raw and truthful, the viewers is transported into these lives and a personal story unfolds that is timeless and broad-reaching.
“For a while as I read your letters, I am a normal person. I’m not killing people, or worried about being killed… but proud to be an American and Marine and fighting in the company of men who make this world safe for ice skating, department stores and lampshades.”
– Marine Capt. Rodney Chastant, died October 1968, a year after writing this letter reassuring his parents he enjoyed the trivial details of their news from home.