HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- The day starts with a curtained wall and a gathered crowd.
But with the tug of a rope, the masterpiece welcomes everyone.
The Patriot's Mosaic is made up of more than 1,100 individual photos of veterans, sent in by the community. It hangs on the side of the Huntsville Depot for anyone to visit.
EarlyWorks Museum Executive Director Bart Williams says, "It'll be up for a year for everyone, at least a year, and maybe we'll get a new one up next Veterans Day."
The mosaic itself belongs to a broader collage of changes, like the gate and walkway that take you directly from the Depot to the Veterans Memorial.
Williams notes, "It's going to allow us to take school kids, primarily fourth, fifth, and sixth graders that are here on field trips, to visit the memorial."
Along their walk under the interstate, they'll learn a thing or two.
Williams points out, "There are a series of seven educational kiosks that will allow folks to learn about all the conflicts that the American warfighter has been in."
It's a way forward, to help next generation understand the sacrifices that will earn you a place on wall of the Huntsville Depot in the next Patriot's Mosaic.