A performance from a Vietnam veteran will help close the Eddie Adams exhibition at the Dublin Arts Council.

A performance from a Vietnam veteran will help close the Eddie Adams exhibition at the Dublin Arts Council.

Since Memorial Day the Dublin Arts Council has displayed 50 photographs Adams took during the Vietnam War, including his Pulitzer Prize winning photo of a man being executed in the street.

The Sept. 11 performance, "Come All Ye Gallant Soldiers: The Songs and Poetry of War," by David Morris is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Abbey Theater in the Dublin Community recreation Center, 5600 Post Road. The presentation is a partnership between the city of Dublin and the Dublin Arts Council.

Morris comes to Dublin through ties with Ohio State University.

"His wife teaches at Ohio State," said David Guion, Dublin Arts Council executive director.

"I also teach there and was talking one day about the exhibition and how important it is," Guion said.

"She said her husband is a Vietnam vet and does speaking engagements."

With that the Patriot Day performance was born.

Morris was drafted in 1966 and served in Vietnam as a medic with Delta Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Air Calvary, a news release from the Dublin Arts Council said.

Morris entertained soldiers in Vietnam and has written songs and poetry about his experience in Vietnam and as a veteran with 100 percent VA disability for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Morris is a life-long Appalachian Mountains cultural worker and has received the National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Foundation grants.

He is currently involved with music and on-camera responsibilities for a documentary about homeless veterans.

His 90-minute performance in Dublin will include photos and videos from his service in Vietnam.

A run-through at the Abbey Theater impressed Guion.

"He's an extremely dynamic performer," Guion said of Morris.

"He's got an incredible voice and is super energetic.

"There were just a few of us in the Abbey while he was performing acoustically with a guitar and it was remarkable.

"Everyone just stopped and listened."

The show is free.

The Abbey Theater seats about 200 and tickets can be reserved at the recreation center, or by calling 614-410-4550.

Free shuttles will be available from the Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Drive, to the recreation center.

A closing reception for the Eddie Adams exhibition is slated from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

Guion said the exhibition has drawn many people during its run.

"I think the crowds have been bigger than expected," he said. "The latest addition last week with the helicopter really helped bring in some people that may not have come to a museum or gallery exhibition... It's been extremely successful and we've had a really good turnout. It's an intense exhibition."