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Monday, May 28, 2012

Portrait of A Hero: Marine Nicholas H. Anderson

Today is Memorial Day in The United States. I wish everyone wore red paper poppies in their lapels like they do in England on this sad day.

 It seems so fitting that everyone SHOWS that they are actually thinking about the fallen through a simple red flower pin rather than throwing steaks on the BBQ. Almost everyone in England wears this pin on Remembrance Day. You are a heel if you don't. You also donate money to the veterans' cause with the purchase of this poppy.

Today I honor fallen Marine Lance Corporal Nicholas H. Anderson from Ventura County, killed in 2004 in the line of duty in Iraq. I painted him for an ongoing art project by Sherry Moore called The Portrait of The Fallen Memorial. If you are are an artist residing in California, could you paint a hero for this worthy project?

If so go here: http://www.portraitsofthefallenmemorial.org/

I have never met Nicholas's family. If anyone out there knows the family, I sure would love them to see this portrait and perhaps, if they would like, give them as many prints as they want. It is the least I can do.

Please read some of these posts about Nicholas' contribution to the services and the pain of his loss. It is very moving...and makes me hate war more than I did in the first place.

http://www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/oif/profiles/andersonnicholash.html

And if you are out and about today in America at a BBQ, raise a glass to this courageous young man. I will look for a poppy instead and wear it for Nicholas.

2 comments:

Mary Aslin said...

Your portrait is riveting, touching, beautiful, sensitive....you have definitely honored him.

And I appreciate your beautiful and sensitive writing as well.

Blessings to you Johanna, and thank you. I will raise my glass to Nicholas and the special way you have paid tribute to him.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Thank you Mary. I like the way you write too!