In partnership with New York City Councilmember Vincent Gentile and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Groundswell created a new mural commemorating the sacrifices and commitment of our veterans for a wall located at the Fort Hamilton Athletic Field. During the research and design of this mural, Lead Artist Esteban del Valle met with many veterans from the community involved with Fort Hamilton Army Base and other local veteran organizations, who generously shared their experiences and stories. The mural is inspired by their heroism and sacrifice. It depicts all branches of the United States Armed Services. Bay Ridge community members, students, and veterans were invited to contribute their time and talent to the creation of the mural during a joyous community painting event. The mural was unveiled during a high-profile dedication ceremony on Veteran’s Day in November 2013. At this event, the Fort Hamilton High School Symphonic Band performed a musical tribute to the armed services.