Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Birthday, USMC!

Birthday Greetings from the National Museum of the Marine Corps!

After a year of research, months of planning and weeks of actual drawing time, Uncommon Valor was finally unveiled at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on November 10, 2010 - the 235th birthday of the Marines. 370 individual images are arranged in the shape of the iconic flag raising at Iwo Jima chronicle the story of the Marines from 1775 to the present.

With much pomp and splendor, an Honor Guard presented the Marines' birthday cake to a gathering of nearly 2000 people in the Museum’s Leatherneck Gallery. After the Master Gunnery Sergeant cut the cake – with his saber – I had the privilege of presenting print #10 to Col. Jay Krail, Executive Officer the Wounded Warrior Regiment. Half of the proceeds realized from the sale of Uncommon Valor prints will be donated to the WWR.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Afghanistan... Lt Col (Ret) Norman Root, the man who introduced me to the Corps and convinced me to create this picture, continues to serve as a civilian consultant in Shindand. Norm sent me this photo of their Marine Ball celebration on the same day, halfway around the globe – complete with a printout of Uncommon Valor.

Birthday Cards

A collectible Post Card announcing the release of Uncommon Valor was also created on November 10. Six hundred of these 5x7" post cards were affixed with commemorative Purple Heart postage stamps, and hand cancelled by the artist at the US Post Office in Quantico, Virginia. Fine Art prints and cards are available at the DS Art website.

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