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Saturday, November 13, 2021
#VeteransDay2021 In the United States: A Visual Tribute
America250 Unveils 2021 November Salute Mosaic
As we recognize our nation's veterans today, America250 is proud to unveil the 2021 November Salute commemorative photo mosaic depicting WWI hero Sgt. Henry Johnson. Created by The People's Picture, the 14-foot art installation at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri includes over 3,500 photos telling the stories of active-duty service members, reservists, guard members, and veterans. The photos were submitted by Americans across the country and are alongside images from the Museum and Memorial's collection. The mosaic was unveiled today during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Sgt. Henry Johnson was selected in honor of the centennial of the dedication of the grounds of the National WWI Museum and Memorial and the unveiling of the National WWI Memorial in Washington, DC. Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 and was assigned to the all-Black unit that became the Army’s 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters.” Read more about his story here.
In addition to the public display, the 2021 mosaic is available for viewing through America250's interactive online gallery, where you can explore and learn more about the photos and stories within the artwork.
November Salute is an annual program of America250 that shares America's stories and honors those who serve our country in uniform.
America250 President and CEO Joseph Daniels unveils the 2021 November Salute mosaic with National WWI Museum and Memorial President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor.
In addition to the November Salute ribbon-cutting ceremony, America250 President and CEO Joseph Daniels was the keynote speaker for the National WWI Museum and Memorial's Walk of Honor Dedication Ceremony. The Walk of Honor is divided into three sections: bricks dedicated solely to those who served in World War I; bricks dedicated to veterans of any military service; and bricks that honor civilian friends, family or organizations. Read Daniels' statement on Veterans Day here.
"One of the primary goals of America250 is to bring our country together and honor what makes America the greatest experiment in democracy the world has ever known. Our nation’s story cannot be told properly without recognizing the sacrifices of the brave individuals who, since our founding, have placed service over self in the defense of liberty.”