HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Veterans will be honored all across the country on Veterans day, with parades and lunches. But more than 1,200 veterans will be displayed for all to see in the 2015 patriot's mosaic.
"It takes about five or six months to put one of these together, starting with collecting all of the images," said Bart Williams, Executive Director, Early Works Family Museum.
Williams says it's been a labor of love putting together the 3rd installment of the patriot's mosaic. "There are 1296 images of veterans and each of them has a story, and that's what's so incredible about this," said Williams.
With hundreds of pictures, means hundreds of hours to piece the mosaic together. "I don't know, 500-600 hours, something like that,” said Williams. "A lot of times that picture is a Vietnam Veteran picture, WWI, WWII, and digital photography was not available. So there is a lot of scanning involved in these pictures, re-sizing, redoing the color on the pictures is a big part of the process."
Once they're all re-sized, and in order, then comes the fun part; adding the bigger picture on top. This year, they've asked for the communities help. We can't reveal the picture just yet, but Williams says it's worth the wait. "When it's all done and we've unveiled it and there's a big sigh of relief, we're very proud of what's there," said Williams.
They will be unveiling the 2015 Patriot’s Mosaic on Veterans Day at 1:45 at the train depot.