By Lawrence A. Sichter, Defense Media Activity Public Affairs’
Five pictures, taken by Department of Defense photographers, have been selected to be a part of the Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida.
DoD competed with some of the finest, award-winning photographers in the world to get their shots of the U.S. military included in the $2M art portion of the Patriot Plaza project.
“It’s truly an honor to have DoD imagery displayed in a permanent exhibit alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning pictures,” said Gregg Porter, Director of the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center (DIMOC) in Riverside, CA.
The Patterson Foundation in Sarasota is funding the $10M project to build Patriot Plaza, which will be donated to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration. Patriot Plaza will be dedicated in spring 2014 and will be a gathering point for patriotic events in Sarasota.
Of the thousands of pictures submitted, 266 were DoD photos gathered by Steve McGill, Multimedia Manager at DIMOC, which is a field activity of the Defense Media Activity (DMA)
“I selected shots from the Defense Visual Information Records Center’s archives,” said Mr. McGill. “We’re thrilled to get the news that five of our photos made the final cut.”
The five DoD images were taken by military photographers on active duty, some of whom are now retired.
The DoD photos will be among 49 included in the “Witness To Mission” exhibit that will be displayed on standing marble tablets at Patriot Plaza. “Witness To Mission” will be one of two exhibit themes and will depict the mission of the U.S. Military since the Civil War shown through the experiences of the men and women who made the history. The other theme will be “Service, Support, Sacrifice” and will capture personal stories of those who experienced military life.
McGill sent the DoD images he chose to Ken Irby, Senior Faculty member with the Poynter Institute, a non-profit school of journalism in Sarasota. The Institute made the final selection following strict criteria for photographic displays at National Cemeteries. Their choices were approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Content POC is Gregg Porter, DIMOC Director, 951.413.2505 (email@example.com)
Public Affairs POC is Larry Sichter, AFN Broadcast Center, 951.413.2319 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
U.S. Army soldiers sing hymns together during their down time in the field at Fort Jackson, S.C., on Aug. 9, 2006. (USAF Photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall)
Sailors acting as flag bearers bow their heads during a prayer at a burial at sea ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) while under way in the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 19, 2007. The Lincoln conducted the solemn and sacred tradition of burial at sea for 11 former service members during its transit to its homeport of Everett, Wash. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class James R. Evans, U.S. Navy)
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Chang Ahn, leader of 2nd Platoon, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, and Maj. David McCulley, battalion operations officer with the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, update perimeter maps to increase base security at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, on Sept. 11, 2008. The operation is a joint patrol designed to introduce Security Forces airmen to the base’s outer perimeter prior to the airmen taking responsibility of the area from the Army unit. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon, U.S. Air Force)
US Army Sergeant Kornelia Rachwal gives a young Pakistani girl a drink of water as they are airlifted from Muzaffarabad to Islamabad, Pakistan, aboard a USA CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The Department of Defense Pakistan Earthquake Relief is part of a multinational effort to provide humanitarian assistance and support to Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan following a devastating earthquake. (USAF Photo by TSgt. Mike Buytas)
U.S. Army Private First Class White waves an American flag while the confetti and ticker tape paper fall on the Welcome Home parade honoring the coalition forces of Desert Storm in New York, City N.Y., June 10, 1991. (USAF Photo by Staff Sgt. Charles