In observance of Veterans Day, the Ladies Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 8131) will host three events on Sunday, November 11 at the new Greenwood County Veterans Center. All three events will follow the Veterans Day Parade and program at the monument on Main Street.
All three events are open to the public at no charge. The first event is the official unveiling of the Patriotic Art Display. A pictorial representation of the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, it is the product of children in grades 3 – 8 from Abbeville, Laurens and Greenwood Counties.
The 4’ by 6’ feet work of art comprises 36 individual pieces that are six by six inches. Each is a student’s own interpretations of a field of poppies against a sky of blue. Last month, local artist Gene Shirley conducted an instructional session for participants at the veterans center. He introduced students to the use of space, color, depth, value and shading. They also had the opportunity to practice sketching designs and patterns. Assisting Shirley were Dot Hershey of the Greenwood Artist Guild and Ms. Pesche of Cambridge Academy.
Immediately after the parade, a reception will be held at the center to honor veterans and open the display to the public. Refreshments will be served. Susan Murphy, auxiliary member who coordinated the project along with Shirley, issued a special invitation to those who are in the parade and community members attending the parade as well as students and families of those students who contributed their work to the display.
Beginning at 12:30 Sunday, a group representing the S.C. Festival of Flowers will begin cleaning and replanting The Healing Garden located behind the center. Visitors to the reception and art project opening are invited to view the garden as well.
Murphy recognized Shirley, along with those who assisted in completing the project: Veterans Affairs Officer Carey Bolt, GCVC Administrator Carey Bolt, Hobby Lobby Greenwood Manager Kenny Eichorn and Mike Beard. She also thanked Dot Hershey and Ms. Pesche, who assisted with the tutorial session and the many veterans whose sacrifices are recognized on this special day.