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In Praise of the Veteran

Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Sunset by Mountain Dreams

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We are big fans of veterans here at Fine Art America. Nearly all of us have a father, brother, sister, mother, grandfather, grandmother, aunt or uncle who served in the military. One of our uncles was a paratrooper who jumped out of planes during WWII. He even jumped out of a plane after it was shot down during the Battle of the Bulge. He was never hurt during combat, but a week after he came back from the war, he broke his foot tripping over a rock — we kid you not.

All fun aside, veterans deserve our respect, undying gratitude and admiration. We were reminded of this earlier this week with the death of John McCain, who not only was a veteran of the Vietnam War, but he was also a POW for five years. There is no way for us to adequately thank Senator McCain or the other veterans who served their country, but we wanted to spotlight art that reflects the sacrifice and dignity of the veteran.

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Veterans in Paint

Much of our art depicting veterans is historical in nature. There are old victory campaign posters, movie posters of veterans, and paintings of historic homes or forts, as well as battlefield paintings, such as Gettysburg and Sheridan’s ride. The art is soldier focused, on illness, the rigors of battle, and the toll the battles leave behind on veterans and their families. Amazing portraits of soldiers from George Washington to George Bush are here as well, some known and some not as well known but nonetheless important. All of the service branches are represented: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard, because all of them are worthy to be called veterans for everything they have done for us. 

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Veterans in Photographs

If you would rather have photographs of veterans and all things veteran-related, we have those as well. There are photographs of planes, tanks and guns here. There are also photographs of battlefields, new and old. Memorials have a home here as well. For some reason, we have noticed that the Vietnam War Memorial is photographed constantly, which seems fitting given Senator McCain’s service. It also may be because the black reflective service makes all of us pause and think about the costs of the war to families all over the United States. There are also many photographs of dog tags, dirty and clean, with many different types of ammunition and wear or tear.

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If you know a veteran, love a veteran, or have a veteran as members of your family, why not consider looking for some appropriate art here? Perhaps you are a vet yourself, and you are looking for some art that represents why you fought for your country, or why you believe in this great nation. Whatever your reason is for buying, we know that our pieces of patriotic art that represent the greatest country in the world will find a home with you, whether it is at your home, your office or somewhere in between.

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