National Veterans Week Commemoration to Feature Work by Local Artist Bob Fletcher
October 31, 2002

The Warwick Advertiser

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The emotional painting by a Warwick artist of proud veterans will be on display in the nation’s capital during National Veterans Weeks, Nov. 11 – 15.

Senator John Warner of Virginia, a Korean War Veteran and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently announced that there would be a public exhibit of 20 watercolor paintings by Warwick artist Robert Fletcher in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC.

The paintings will be on display Nov. 11 – 15 in commemoration of National Veterans Week 2002.

A reception in honor of the exhibit, which is entitled “Remembrance,” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Russell Senate building.
“I’m thrilled that the entire Stewart family plans to participate,” said Fletcher who is proud of his recent painting of generations of service members, all in uniform from that celebrated Warwick family.
Other Warwick veterans, subjects of Fletcher’s paintings, will be on hand. “The living models will be right there with the original paintings,” he said.

“Remembrance” is a particularly appropriate display for National Veterans Week, not only because of the unusual talent and approach of the artist, but because of his passion for the subject. Fletcher, a Korean War veteran, uses art to pay tribute to the nation’s military by his portrayal of veterans and military funeral scenes based on conflicts from the Revolution to the War in Afghanistan.

The occasion also marks publication of the book “Remembrance: A Tribute to America’s Veterans.” The 152-page work incorporates all of the paintings in the exhibit, as well as additional paintings and drawings, with historic text by the Warwick artist’s son, Robert B. Fletcher. The books, along with a companion CD of patriotic and other class American songs will be sold through veterans organizations throughout the country, including Warwick’s American Legion Post 214 and VFW Post 4662.

The reception in Washington, DC, will feature renowned speakers including Sen. John Warner, Congressman Ben Gilman, Lt. Col. James E. Stewart, Sr., Deputy New York City Fire Chief Joe Di Bernardo, Lt. Joe Berry and Lt. Richard Naples of the NYC Fire Department and Lt. James McGinty, Bandmaster of the NYC Fire Department Parade Band.
A bus, which will depart from the American Legion parking lot at 7 a.m. on November 12, has been chartered to take Warwick residents to the nation’s Capitol. It will also be at the disposal of the guests who will stay at the convenient downtown Best Western Hotel.
Fletcher reported that several bus seats and discounted hotel rooms are still available. Information on reservations and cost can be obtained by calling Nicholas Lesando Sr. at 986-3683. For security purposes however, names and social security numbers are due now. Interested parties should contact the American Legion Post 214 and provide this information as soon as possible.

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