WORK OF LOCAL ARTIST TO BE FEATURED
IN STAFFORD ARMED SERVICES MEMORIAL
Stafford, VA – The Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission and Working Group are pleased to announce that artwork by Stafford artist Jason Breidenbach was chosen to be featured in the $838,000 Stafford Armed Services Memorial. A call for artists was issued last fall for an image to be laser etched on the black granite wall that serves as a focal point of the memorial. Breidenbach’s work depicts a timeline of those who have served from the inception of our country to the present.
“We wanted something very special for the black granite wall, reminiscent of the etched wall at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.,” said Chairman of the Armed Services Memorial Working Group Daniel Chichester. “Mr. Breidenbach’s design surpassed our expectations. He did a marvelous job of encompassing the breath of experiences of those who have chosen to put their country first.”
Artists were asked to honor service members from all five branches of the military (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard) and their families over the entire history of the United States from the Revolutionary War to present day, plus represent a diversity of service, time, eras and demographics. They were also requested to include the following quote from Stafford’s most famous veteran, George Washington:
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”
“A timeline provides a significant transition where the veterans of the past pass on the mantle of national defense to the future,” said artist Jason Breidenbach. “This is the centerpiece of the art, where the veteran in a wheelchair, now old and tired, yet no less concerned for his nation, entrusts its future to the young man who begins the next phase of the timeline, leading to our present and future veterans.”
An initiative of the Stafford Board of Supervisors, the Stafford Armed Services Memorial grew out of a request from grieving parents who wanted to honor their son, Marine Corps Sergeant Donald James Lamar, II, who was killed in fighting in Afghanistan. The Board decided to create a memorial to honor all who have served, going back to the Revolutionary War.
To date, the Armed Services Memorial and Working Group have raised $776,867.45 and are within $61,132.55 of their $838,000 goal. The dedication of the memorial is set for Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Among others, the program will include the Quantico Marine Corps Band, the Military District of Washington Joint Color Guard, a soloist from the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band and the “Old Guard,” the Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the President.
Those interested may buy bricks to honor their loved ones who have served or are serving in the armed forces. The bricks will line the walkways of the memorial. For inclusion in the first installation for the dedication, bricks must be purchased by May 1, 2017. Bricks will be installed twice a year after that as supplies are available. For more information, to donate or to buy a brick, please visit www.StaffordArmedServicesMemorial.weebly.com.
To find out more information about the art of Jason Breidenbach, please visit www.jasonbreidenbach.wordpress.com.