THE WARWICK ADVERTISER
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's that time of year when Americans pause to reflect on the sacrifices millions of men and women made in defending their country and its freedoms.
A Warwick artist and Korean War Veteran, Robert Fletcher, has played a key part in keeping alive that tradition.
An art exhibit of Fletcher’s work, entitled "Remembrance" has been displayed in the Rotunda of the U.S. House of Representatives Cannon Office Building for the past two weeks.
Representative Benjamin A. Gilman, a World War II veteran, who represents this area in Congress, played a major role in coordinating and hosting the exhibit from November 1 through November 13.
Fletcher's art display consists of a series of watercolor paintings depicting military funeral scenes from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War.
The artwork portrays the respect and love of a nation for the patriots who served in all American wars.
"They are a procession through America's past and a tribute to our veterans, for their loyalty to God, country and family," said Congressman Gilman in a letter to all of his Congressional colleagues.
"The exhibit of these paintings is an appropriate and moving way to commemorate Veterans Day on November 11th," stated Congressman Gilman. "I am pleased to sponsor this exhibit, and urge anyone visiting our nation's Capitol during the first half of November to drop by to view this excellent artwork."
Warwick residents got a sneak preview of the exhibition earlier this year when the Warwick Town Hall displayed the Fletchers' artwork.
Fletcher's "Remembrance" exhibit contains 21 watercolor paintings depicting funeral scenes from America's wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War which has for the setting Colonel McCamly burial in New Milford in 1817.
The most recent burial is from the Gulf War in Alabama 1991 (a black church funeral). Also depicted are women in the military.
Fletcher was accompanied to Washington by a group of area veterans, including members of Warwick's Nicholas P. Lesando, Jr. Post 214 of the American Legion and Warwick Post 4662 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A reception honoring Fletcher, who lives in New Milford, was held on Thursday, November 4, and Warwick and Orange County were well represented.
Warwick Town Supervisor Tony Houston gave a welcoming address at the reception held in the International Caucus from of the Cannon Building of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
During the reception the Cannon Building Rotunda was open for guests to visit the exhibit.