CHARLESTON -- Two U.S. Army veterans from Charleston are among those featured in “Designs of Duty,” an exhibit highlighting East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos.

The exhibit is now on display at Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, according to a press release.

“Designs of Duty” tells the stories of seven military veterans who served our country over a 45-year period throughout Asia and Europe. Veterans featured in the exhibit are Eric Hiltner and Wilson Reynolds of Charleston, Ken Fernandes of Newman, Random Clavin of Nokomis, Adam Griffy of Olney, Shane Wright of Shelbyville and Lyle Gordon of Towanda.

Tattoos are a common symbol among the military, and this exhibit aims to explore the inspiration and meanings behind them, as well as the stories of the veterans themselves. Pride, patriotism and honor are common themes in the artwork chosen by the veterans showcased in “Designs of Duty.”

Related exhibits on display include military flags; “Symbols of Service,” featuring University of Illinois student veterans; aircraft nose art from World War II to today; Vietnam War helmet graffiti; and literature and poetry during wartime.

“Designs of Duty” is free and open to the public. The exhibit will continue through May 11. For more information, visit

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