Friday, November 11, 2016

Today we honor veterans

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States

AS YOU may suppose, I have opinions about the results of the November 10, 2016 election, and I intend to share them with you, but not today. 

I reserve today for veterans.

Of all the projects I've designed and have been a part of, I'm proudest of the work Brainstorm did for the Iowa National Guard and Army Reserve.

The vision and general concept were all that of Colonel Scott Ayres. We were just lucky enough to be chosen to turn it into a reality for him and for the service personnel who use the Iowa National Guard Freedom Center as well as similar buildings in Muscatine and Iowa City.

The Colonel wanted to depict and honor Iowa's history of service to our country through a series of large (20 feet by 8 feet) murals using authentic period uniforms. Some of the photos had already been taken at the federal level, some we styled and photographed. ur Our graphic designer, Josh Bunch, took all the images, maps and photographs and did a simply beautiful job creating and compositing the final art.

For me the most gratifying part of the project, however, is the hall of medals. The Colonel had the idea of putting photographs of various service medals such as the Purple Heart, the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross on the long hallway leading to the assembly room, but I hoped for something grander. Instead of 11" X 14" plainly framed photos, I wanted the medals to be BIG and profile cut and floating in front of the wall and printed on a special metallic photo substrate so that altogether they were as impressive as the service it took to earn them.

And that's what we did.

The Colonel says that these projects are his legacy. 

What means the most to me is that service men and women are not infrequently seen pointing out to friends and family — and getting their picture taken while they stand next to — the medal they earned. I'm proud of that.

In honor of this day, I'm also resharing Flowers for Henry. (And this would be why Paul has always called me his Yankee Doodle Sweetheart.)

1 comment:

  1. I remember your original post about that. They are beautiful and it's so cool bow much the guys appreciate them.