New Vets Vision Patriot’s Mosaic, featuring 1,300 veterans, unveiled before large crowd at Huntsville Depot

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  --  A large crowd packed the Huntsville Depot for the unveiling of the 2015 Patriot’s Mosaic.

The mosaic is the creation of Bart Williams, director of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums.

It is 15-feet-by-15-feet and features photos and images of America’s service men and women who have fought in the country’s wars since the American Revolution.

This year marked the unveiling of the third mosaic in a planned series of ten. This year’s mosaic and the 2014 mosaic will be on display at the Huntsville Depot. Williams said he is looking for a permanent home for the 2013 mosaic and those to follow it, as they transition a new mosaic in for the next several years.

The event featured the Buckhorn High School band, the Lee/New Century High School JROTC, poems by Riverton Intermediate School 6th graders and a performance by the Westminster Christian Academy Choir.

The unveiling required a couple of extra tugs, but after the crowd applauded they began to move forward to identify the faces in the mosaic and look for loved ones.

This year’s featured image was a veteran’s cross, with a soldier kneeling before.

Joy Pickett submitted photos of her husband and his father and uncle, who all served in the military. She said she was delighted by the results and planned to tell friends and co-workers to participate in next year’s mosaic.

The mosaic project accepts donated photos for several months. The photos are then resized and Williams begins the work of forming the 1,296 individual images into one overall image.

Thirty-year Army veteran Gregory Knight was there with a friend, because his friend’s daughter was in this year’s mosaic. She’s still serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Air Force veteran Donald Watts, a Madison resident, was moved by the power of the shared images. “It’s beyond words,” he said. “There are a lot of good men up there.”