Veterans Day at Four Corners Patchogue Nov 11th 2017

Story By: NICOLE ALLEGREZZA

The annual United Veterans Organization of Patchogue’s Veterans Day ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Four Corners on Main Street in Patchogue Village. This year’s ceremony will be led by AmVets Post 111 and attended by American Legion Post 269, VFW Post 2913, and Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.

“The day was originally called Honors Day, which was built around World War II, and later changed to Veterans Day. A lot of people talk about the day and honoring vets, but it’s surprising how may people don’t understand what veteran is,” said VFW senior vice commander Dave Rogers. “Veterans are not just your mother, father, brother, sister, grandfather, aunt and uncle, they are your neighbors, postman, police officer and firefighters. They are everyone who has served and their families, too.”

After the ceremony, about 24 original stones will be presented as part of the Lights on Veterans program that has raised over $2,500 for local veterans organizations thus far.

The day before Veterans Day, on Friday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to noon, the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce cemetery restoration committee will be presenting three headstones. Recently, three headstones for civil war veterans Private David Mott, Private Addison Day Hawkins and Private Abraham Banker were restored and returned by the VA.

Also, the WWII cannons sent out for restoration earlier this summer arrived early Friday morning, Oct. 27, just in time for Veterans Day. The two M1902 field guns located in the Harry T. Hanson Veterans Memorial Park outside the legion headquarters have been in the park since 1922, when the War Department loaned them to the Village of Patchogue for display. According to Jon Ralph, Post 269 commander, there are only about 37 or 38 of these cannons still in existence. Ralph said the cannons were completely restored to the way they were in 1922.

Both WWII-era cannons were restored and placed back on the lawn of the American Legion Post 269 last week, just in time for Veterans Day.

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I truely believe that "Even ordinary life can be immortilized through art". I have always been awed by the mystery of how people are connected and for most of my life as an artist I have looked for new ways to express what was inside of me, what I was feeling and how I wanted people to view and understand what I wanted to say. This caused me to restrict my art to forms that others could understand. I was speaking to the masses, but I was not using my own voice. Over time I realized that it was not so important weather people truly understood what I was saying but rather that I was speaking so I started to look for the way to think out loud and be heard and have found that voice in papercutting. My work is a mixture of Eastern and Western Art that I started after a visit to China in 2004. while there I discovered the ancient and demanding art of Chinese paper cutting and line drawing. On my return from China I began to make connections between the craft of paper cutting and my years as a soldier. The results of this unusual connection have been beautiful two and three dimentional metaphors of the importance of time and the fragility of life and democracy. Paper cutting itself can be found in many cultures and just like in China those cultures for the most part have thought of it as a decorative or folk art, few artists have explored the idea of using this form of art in a more substantive way. It is part of what has attracted me to papercutting in the first place. While the beauty of paper cutting was appealing, more appealing was the idea of using this fragile material to represent serious and even realistic ideas. The process that I use for my paper structures is the same as found in traditional Chinese paper cutting. What is different is the paper, the way it is displayed and the topics talked about in the art. It is these differences in the works that make them stand out from other forms of paper cutting and structures. Instead of using traditional types of paper for papercutting I have made the cuttings out of aluminum or mirror paper. The paper was chosen for its reflective properties, not just for making the art brighter but for the ability of the viewer to see reflections of themselves in the art, showing a connection between the viewers and the subjects in the work. While most paper cutting are laid flat on the board these works are placed between two pieces of glass in the front of the frame allowing the light to cast shadows on the background, making these papercutting sculptures of art. The other aspect of this work that is different from traditional paper cutting is that each piece is individually designed and not mass produced. This is an important aspect of my work as it is about keeping the appeal of POP art while reducing the images to singular forms. My hope for the future is to continue to explore ways to bridge the techniques and styles of paper cutting and western ideals of art. Not just as a way for me to produce my art but as a way to communicate western ideas in Asia and Asian ideas in the West. For art is the only true international language that all people no matter where they come from can appreciate, and it is through art that we can learn about other cultures beyond mere words.

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