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Be a Part of Auburn's History & Support our Veterans
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WWI treanch warfare and tank
WWI treanch warfare and tank
The celebration of WWII
The celebration of WWII
Kuwait and Afghanistan
Kuwait and Afghanistan
Vietnam and Purple Heart
Vietnam and Purple Heart
Cold November day putting on the final touches
Cold November day putting on the final touches
Student artists standing proud in front of their mural
Student artists standing proud in front of their mural
Phase One Students Painting
Phase One Students Painting
Putting the final touches on Phaase One
Putting the final touches on Phaase One
Student artist captures seriousness of serving away from home
Student artist captures seriousness of serving away from home

Student Artists Honor Veterans With Mural

The Auburn School District, the City of Auburn and American Legion Auburn Post 78 have formed a joint task force to use the west side of the Auburn Memorial Stadium as a canvas for a Veterans Mural that represents military service from WWI to present. Phase One was to paint the wall and it was completed and dedicated on November 10, 2012. Phase Two is to paint the seven supports located between the mural and the Veterans Memorial.  To see Phase One of the mural follow the link. Phase 1 Photos

Task Force Goals

The task force has defined 3 goals: 1) the mural is to have a military theme that involves the five military branches 2) involve Auburn School District students in the project to afford them the opportunity to learn about how veterans have served our country 3) do the project through donations so we do not have to use funds from the already limited financial resources of the school district and city.

Student artists have few chances to show their talents. especially on bigger than life paintings open to the public. There are 4 high schools in Auburn and as in Phase One, Rachael Dotson, the professional mural artist will work with the Auburn School District art teachers to hand select students. The students not only have to have talent but also have to be enthusiastic about the project. On Phase One the students put in just under 300 hours painting the 172’ X 8’ mural depicting scenes from WWI through Iraq. The students are not just token artists, they are the painters.

Five Objectives

The mural project accomplishes five objectives. It transforms a plain concrete wall into a work of art, it provides students a way to show off their talents, provides out of the classroom real life experience, the students learn about how veterans have supported and protected a free society, and the students come from various high schools so they have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests.

History

The City of Auburn built Auburn City Park in 1925 where it then planted nine Silver Maple trees in commemoration of the Auburn veterans that were killed in WWI. The city continued to support the veterans with the addition of military items over the years. The City of Auburn renamed Auburn City Park to Veterans Memorial Park when the Auburn Veterans Memorial was dedicated from American Legion Post 78 to the City of Auburn in 2000. The Auburn School District Memorial Stadium is the backdrop of the Veterans Memorial. Prior to Phase One of the project the wall was a big gray bland concrete wall. Selected art students transformed the wall into a work of art that will be on display for decades to come.

Support Concept

The seven support columns are rectangular in shape.The narrow sides of the supports will have words on them indicating which war the corresponding section of the of the mural is depicting.WWI – WWII – Korea – Kuwait – Afghanistan – Iraq. The wide sides of the supports will be painted with a veteran from the same era.The backdrop for the Veteran will include a portion of an actual letter that was written by a person at the front to home.The letters will make the paintings more personal.To see sketches go to http://www.americanlegionauburnpost78.com/phase-two-photos.html

Korean War Image
Korean War Image

Accomplishment

Your support will allow students to show their talents and honor the veterans that have served their country and kept our country free.  This project is not to use any funds from the school district or the city.

Risks and challenges

People are always concerned about whether the project will be completed. The American Legion is made of seasoned Veterans that have taken on civic projects in Auburn since the 1920s. There has never been a project that was not completed. Some of the recent completed projects include: building and donating a Veterans Memorial July 2000 to the City of Auburn, $129,000; worked with the City of Auburn in 2008 to construct a new building in Veterans Memorial Park donating $75,000 toward the construction, worked with the City and the Auburn Garden Club to get a Blue Star Marker in the Veterans Park, and a multitude of other smaller projects. The Auburn School District and the City of Auburn are 100% behind this project. Post 78 does not quit.

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    A commemorative post card with a photo of the Veterans Mural on the front acknowledging your recognition of Veterans that have served our country.

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    A certificate of appreciation issued by American Legion Post 78, photograph signed by the mural artist, a photo journal CD allowing you to see the progress from start through dedication and a commemorative post card.

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    A commemorative photo coffee cup with a photo of the mural (printed in the USA). Select from one of six commemorative mural cups, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Afghanistan or Iraq. A certificate of appreciation issued by American Legion Post 78, photograph signed by the mural artist, a photo journal CD allowing you to see the progress from start through dedication and a commemorative post card.

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    Select any two commemorative photo coffee cups (printed in the USA) WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Afghanistan or Iraq. A certificate of appreciation issued by American Legion Post 78, photograph signed by the mural artist, a photo journal CD allowing you to see the progress from start through dedication and a commemorative post card.

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    For your generosity you will receive a complete set of 6 commemorative photo coffee cups (printed in the USA) WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Afghanistan or Iraq. A certificate of appreciation issued by American Legion Post 78, photograph signed by the mural artist, a photo journal CD allowing you to see the progress from start through dedication and a commemorative post card.

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    In addition to the items in the other groups you will receive a personalized 2014 calendar with photos from the mural. This calendar will allow you to brag about supporting the students and Veterans for an entire year. Along with the calendar you will receive a complete set of 6 commemorative photo coffee cups (printed in the USA) WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Afghanistan or Iraq. A certificate of appreciation issued by American Legion Post 78, photograph signed by the mural artist, a photo journal CD allowing you to see the progress from start through dedication and a commemorative post card.

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