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Local Installation That Remembers Fallen Goes National
The first Austin Vet Together of 2015 will be hosted by Jenn Hassin studios, Lone Star Veterans Association and TexVet Initiative. This Vet Together gives one of the last opportunities to see Letters of Sacrifice, here in it's state of origin, Texas. Letters of Sacrifice is an on-going memorial dedicated to the over 6,800 U.S. service members who have been killed in action since 2001. Letters of Sacrifice will begin the official 27 month Tour Of Honor starting February 2015 with a trip to NYC, the Pentagon and several of our National Memorials.
Letters of Sacrifice was created by USAF Veteran Jenn Hassin, an artist living in Austin, Texas. The memorial contains one representational condolence letter for each and every deceased man or woman in uniform that has been Killed In Action since 9/11. The walls of Letters of Sacrifice will only get taller as the war continues, making it an on-going memorial. Thus why there is empty wire above the condolence letters, to insinuate the fact that we are currently at war.
Jenn chose to represent our fallen with a condolence letter to show that the sacrifice is made by more than our heroes, but also by the commander that has to write that letter, the service members who fought alongside their buddy, their mother, father, husband, wife or child who has to read that letter.
Jenn shared, "The sacrifice of serving our country goes beyond weapons and fighting. These men and women were husbands or wives, sons or daughters, and even mothers or fathers. As a veteran myself, I feel that in our country it is easy to forget about our service members and the sacrifices that they have made. I created Letters of Sacrifice to honor our fallen and to advocate that he or she is more than just a number."
You can register to attend the Vet Together on Event Brite.
To learn more visit www.lettersofsacrifice.com