Seasons Greetings!
This first newsletter brings you updates about our project to commemorate our fallen California Heroes.
I started last year in Palms Springs with six artists and fallen heroes. To date we have almost 100, which is a significant accomplishment considering the time it takes to carefully match each artist with their hero.Tthe creative process the artist embarks on to accomplish the portrayal takes the time it takes.

The unpaid staff and volunteers consists of myself, my nephews who have helped to do this newsletter, and scan all of the portraits, Dale Youngman who assisted early on in finding artists and continues to be a great supporter, many hand holders and of course the artists, who contribute more than a painted canvas.

As you click around you will read the two wonderful articles-one in English and the other in Spanish, (I can provide a english translation if requested.)

Also, you will surely be moved by the sensitive video Eric Mihn Swenson created as his gift to further our mission.

After a couple of mis-starts,Terrell Moore graciously offered his gallery for a opening so we could have a Preview reception in time for Veterans Day where we had  the opportunity to show several of the finished portraits to the families who were able to attend. It was an especially moving evening and all who attended were grateful to meet them. The artists who came were also able to view their work on a riviting  video presentation.

In Jan 2012, our Portraits of the Fallen Memorial will be in "Health Beauty Life Magazine" as well as a live (taped) interview that will be on their online web magazine. I'll send out more information later.

There are so many wonderful stories to tell you of the remarkable people stepping up to help. I am humbled by the generoisty of everyone.
But mostly I feel graced with the opportunity to bring the lives of these most brave of Amercians to the forefront of our society by ensuring their stories are told.

Let us always remember. Let us never forget.

Sherry