11/11/11, 11:11.11 am—Today is Veteran's Day, 2011. My dad served in the U.S. Navy from 1938-50 and the U.S. Army from 1950-59, being in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. This is a photo on my piano of my Dad from the early 1950s. Take a little time today to remember all of our men and women that have worn the uniform in the service of our country. I especially thank our gay soldiers, past and present, that with the repeal of the discriminatory DADT, can now serve openly and proudly.
This is a piece I've done of my father in 1946 at St. Peter's Square in Rome, on shore leave with many other sailors. He's in the center, with the cigarette and the swagger. This piece is on two joined antique chestnut floorboards.
This is another piece from his Navy days. These are six of his shipmates and their boat's mascot, a little puppy. This is entitled "What They Fought For" and has images of American life at the bottom, arranged in a sort of "service medal" form.