Honoring Our Veterans

  • "Honoring Our Veterans" depicts all branches of the armed services.
  • The mural site, the Fort Hamilton Athletic Field, was chosen specifically because it is named in honor of the Bay Ridge army installation.
  • During the community painting day, young people were invited to write letters to active duty members of the military.
  • The dedication begins with the presentation of the colors by US Army JROTC Cadets.
  • At the dedication, Councilmember Vincent Gentile and Lead Artist Esteban Del Valle cut the ribbon alongside community members and veterans.
  • A detail from the mural, highlighting the many faces of the country's veterans.

Project Description

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. 

Add new comment

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Project Info

Location: 8301 Shore Road Brooklyn, NY 11209

Fun Facts

Question about the Mural
The unveiling of the mural provided an opportunity for the local community to honor veterans. Can you think of additional ways of honoring our veterans?
In 2009, President Obama appointed Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to lead a transformation of the VA into a 21st century organization that can better serve Veterans by dealing with issues such as veteran homelessness and improved long-term care.
Fun Fact
Veterans involved with American Legion-Amity Post #791, Vietnam Veterans Chapter #72, and the United Military Veterans of Kings County were interviewed for this mural.