DC-based Public Artist Selects Quote From Love You More Than You Know


Images courtesy of The Patterson Foundation

Larry Kirkland, a DC-based public artist is working on a project for the Sarasota National Veterans Cemetery in Florida, funded by The Patterson Foundation.

Larry’s project is to tell the story of what it is like to serve in the military or be in a service family. Sixteen 8.5′ x 4′ x 8″ white marble TABLETS will be created as part of a public art installation called SERVICE, SUPPORT, SACRIFICE.

Each tablet will have a window cut into it that contains a photographic image printed on glass that sits in the window.The tablets will also include an engraved image and TEXT on the face of the marble. 

The text includes a collection from personal and published interviews. One of the quotes Larry will include as text on one of the tablets is by Kathy Sargent on page 135 of Love You More Than You Know Mothers’ Stories About Sending Their Sons an d Daughters to War. Kathy’s story is titled “Army Mom, Serving in the Silent Ranks.”

Congratulations to Kathy. Her words honor all Blue Star and Gold Star Mothers. Her words speak for us all. Her words will speak for generations to come:

We of the ‘Silent Ranks’ go about our business every day. We go to the grocery store, take our younger children to dance, soccer, baseball and band practice. We clean our homes, take care of our yards, cook and clean…We have tear-stained faces and cry while reading the labels of canned foods at the store....We fly the American Flag alongside a service banner…We’re just like everyone else; we just have a little more on our minds than most.”

2 thoughts on “DC-based Public Artist Selects Quote From Love You More Than You Know

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  2. Hi Janie – Thanks for your interest in The Patterson Foundation’s work to design, build and donate Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery. The art is going to be nothing short of an extraordinary testament to the service and sacrifice of our veterans AND their families.

    Patriot Plaza will be dedicated June 28 — please let me know if you’d like more information to share following the dedication. We’ll likely have better images of the completed art installations and structure.

    Also, can you please add a caption (images courtesy of The Patterson Foundation) or link the images you used from the Patriot Plaza website back to patriotplaza.thepattersonfoundation.org?

    Thanks for all you do to share the stories and insights of military families.



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