I know today isn’t Veterans Day, but what day isn’t good to remember those that put their lives on the line for what they believe in? I came across a few nuggets that inspired me, and even though I’m behind on my blog, I wanted to share these works of art with you.
Before I get to the art, please check out my blog post on that discusses a program started in Chicago to allow veterans to project their feelings and emotions via art. Read about The Vet Art Project here.
This first piece really spoke to me because it symbolizes the emotional and spiritual support that we can give to the families and people sacrificing. Artist Jpeele says “This came to me in a dream. I feel strongly about the need to support out troops and the family members they leave behind. The immense sacrifices while they serve our country, deserve recognition.”
Another terrific piece was a very unique photo of new graduates of the National Guard. I was so attracted to the spirit and action that flows in this photo. Ginger Barritt is responsible for this lovely image.
Thanks to Sharoncr for allowing me to use her photo of guns in tribute. Everytime I look at it I feel quiet; the photo speaks for itself.
Christopher Ewing really touched me with his beautiful photo accompanied by his journal posted with it. I tried to find a segment to quote and link to the rest, but it is all so touching I decided to post all of it, followed by the photo.
This is a shot taken at the Vietnam’s Memorial wall. I was only a kid when that war went on, but this wall holds a special place in my heart. A few years ago in Memphis TN, the moveable memorial wall had come into town. It was at a time when my back was injured and I wasnt able to work. Going stir crazy staying at home being able to do nothing I ended up being a volunteer for the weekend. Helping the men find their buddies on the wall, doing sketches of the names that were there (you take a charcoal pen, a piece of paper and sketch the name), and just listening to the men and women that went thru that battle that, for the time, most didnt want to call it a war.
This really touched me deep inside, watching grown men cry til their bodies shivered. I got to a point I hated finding a buddy in the book of over 58,000 names because I knew the outcome of the person asking. They wanted to know but then again they didnt. And you can bet, it did bring tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat I didnt think would ever leave.
It was a serious new light about this war that so many were against. It’s a shame our soliders came home to people spitting on them and calling them names..instead of just saying..Welcome Home and Thanks for all you have done.
So it was a definite must to have gone to this wall, and capture the people who were so silent walking past the many names that are there.
So to you Vietnam Vets, the only thing I can say to you is…..
WELCOME HOME, INDEED and for those that are out serving across the world, come home safe.