Prince William, Virginia - Three pieces of artwork honoring our military personnel have found new homes at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Frank Lasch, Founder and Chairman of Azalea Charities, presented two signed and numbered limited edition prints by nationally renowned artist Dean Baer. Betty Harland, of Dumfries, Virginia, donated a patriotically-themed quilt she stitched.
The two prints were commissioned by Azalea Charities and painted by artist Dean Baer, a nationally known Expressionist/Abstract painter and Air Force veteran. The first print, Proud Warrior, was painted in 2007 to honor American military heroes, and depicts a stylized American Indian Warrior. Side by Side, unveiled in October 2008 at the British Embassy in Washington DC, is a representation of an American and British soldier ready to face action together and symbolizes the continued military partnership between the two countries. Both paintings are powerful images that strike an emotional chord in those who appreciate the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women.
Profits from the sale of prints and notecards featuring both Proud Warrior and Side by Side go to support Azalea Charities’ Aid for Wounded Warriors. Azalea Charities provides help for our service people as well as the families who stand behind them. Support is adapted to the need – ranging from mortgage and rent payments, utility payments, gas cards and Wal-Mart cards to special needs such as the training of service dogs and provision of services to caregiving families. Azalea provides day-to-day support for these heroes in ways that address their lifetime needs.
The quilt created by Ms. Harland features an American flag motif with the Pledge of Allegiance embroidered within the white stripes. It forms a striking image in red, white and blue that will hang in the second floor balcony of the Museum. Ms. Harland, an eight year veteran of the Air Force, created the quilt and decided to donate it to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in honor of her family, who have served in every branch of the United States Armed Forces.
National Museum of the Marine Corps Curator, Vickie Stuart-Hill and Museum Director Lin Ezell were on hand to receive the artwork and look forward to displaying it at the Museum collection. According to Ms. Ezell, “Artwork is a very powerful way to easily convey the emotion and passion of the artist to the viewer. These pieces are perfect – illustrating the patriotism of ordinary citizens in contributing to the mission of our museum as a showcase of American history.”
According to Lasch, “The National Museum of the Marine Corps is an integral part of our local and military community. We appreciate this opportunity to display our paintings in the hope that they will enhance awareness of the sacrifices made by thousands of wounded warriors and the efforts by dedicated volunteers to help them out.”
About Azalea Charities
Azalea Charities is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, incorporated in 2000 and staffed entirely by volunteers who donate their time, talent and money. Since its inception in June 2004, Azalea Charities’ Aid for Wounded Warriors program has distributed more than $750,000 in funding, reaching out to veterans from as far back as World War II. For more information about Azalea Charities and Aid for Wounded Warriors, please visit: www.azaleacharities.org
About The National Museum of the Marine Corps
The National Museum of the Marine Corps, under the command of Marine Corps University, preserves and exhibits the material history of the U.S. Marine Corps; honors the commitment, accomplishments, and sacrifices of Marines; supports recruitment, training, education, and retention of Marines; and provides the public with a readily accessible platform for the exploration of Marine Corps history.
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