American Highrise Foundation presents commemorative mural to veterans center
Mark Friedel Staff Writer
Veterans, current members of the U.S. Armed Forces and supporters of the American Highrise Foundation recognized three entities Friday with a presentation of American Highrise murals at the Claremore Veterans Center.
The prints were presented by U.S. Marine Reserve Colonel Wes Anderson to the Claremore Veterans Center for display and for the Oklahoma State Capitol and Gov. Mary Fallin.
Australian native and artist of the murals, Richard Daniel Clark, was unable to attend the ceremony, however, his desire of honoring each entity for the service they provide veterans was carried out by his sister, Liz Wilson.
Clark’s American Highrise mural was originally dedicated to commemorate the Bicentennial Presidential Inaugural of President George Bush in 1989. On the first anniversary of the 9/11 attack, a quarter-acre reproduction of the image was unveiled in Branson, Mo. Wilson said Clark is an avid supporter of American heroes, to include law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, as well as, veterans and the armed forces.
Copies of the art have been sent around the world to more than 72 nations.
The mission of the American Highrise Foundation is to honor and support the men and women of the armed forces, past and present.
“The dedication and service that the Claremore Veterans Center provides is a good thing,” said Anderson. “It is good that our country has recently been made more aware of the struggles of our veterans, and that our young men and women returning from combat are receiving both recognition and appropriate medical attention. Although I was not in the military during Vietnam, my father was. I recall watching on TV the deplorable manner in which many of our returning warriors were treated.”
He said he has always believed it was a disgrace and a low point in the history of the country.
“Thanks to men, like Richard Clark, who have dedicated their lives to the proper recognition of our veterans, the tide has been turning,” said Anderson.
Claremore Veterans Center Administrator Tim Potteiger said he is honored to accept the mural on behalf of the center.
“This is a telling and magnificent piece of artwork that we will cherish for years to come,” he said.