Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial

I am damn proud to inform you all that a New York Artist has created a Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial in a New York State Park by mowing the image of the Medal into an 850,000 acre field.

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August 05, 2007 8:47 AM EDT

HAMPTONBURGH, N.Y. – An artist has mowed an 850,000-square-foot rendering of a Purple Heart medal into a park field to honor the 75th anniversary of the medal that commends servicemembers killed or wounded in action.

The rendering, to be unveiled Sunday in Thomas Bull Memorial Park in this city 55 miles northwest of New York City, was done by field artist and painter Roger Baker, whose past works include the Statue of Liberty and Elvis Presley.

According to Baker, the project followed a chance meeting with Bill Bacon, membership director of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. After meeting with officials from The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and Orange County parks, the plan was on.

The New Windsor Cantonment, in what is now Orange County, was the final encampment of the Revolutionary Army. To honor the service of select troops, Gen. George Washington presented a small purple cloth Badge of Merit – the precursor to the Purple Heart medal.

In 1932, the Purple Heart was awarded to 150 veterans of World War I. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor opened in New Windsor in 2006.

Baker’s design was based on a photograph of the medal awarded to Art Livesey, a Middletown, N.Y., Marine Corps veteran who was wounded at Iwo Jima.

To view sketchbook design visit the following website:

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/index.jsp?epi-content=MULTIMEDIA_GALLERY_PUBLIC_VIEW&newsId=20070803005515&newsLang=en

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The Memorial is located in Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Orange County just south of I-84 and midway between Middletown and Stewart International Airport. The field abuts Route 416 which runs north/south along the eastern perimeter of the park. The approximate size of the image is 500′ wide by 1,000′ long.

Parking is available north of the field.

My personal thanks to the artist for creating this memorial to honor all who sacrificed for our freedom today.

Update 11/2/07

I just discovered this aerial photo on the net:

Dan

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