On February 17 several government officials, veterans, and those currently serving in the military gathered at the State House to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest, but most significant battles of the Second World War. The event began just outside the State House with a parade that went up Park Street. Then inside, several key attendees spoke to honor the day.
But the event also had a significant connection to Hopkinton. Hopkinton artist Dustin Neece's painting "Honoring the Spirit", which is based upon the experiences of seven Hopkinton veterans who fought in Iwo Jima, served as the backdrop to the day's commemorations.
Neece says that although it was an honor being recognized for his work, the real honor was being able to pay tribute to the sacrifices that those who serve, or have served, in the military make.
The day also gave Neece a chance to interact with many servicemen who were seeing the painting for the first time.
Hopkinton resident Bob Lavoie, who is one of the seven Iwo Jima vets represented in Neece's painting, attended the ceremony and says that the painting elicited many emotions from his time in Iwo Jima.
But the painting is not just a representative of Iwo Jima veterans, but also reflects the experiences and sacrifices of all those who serve our country.
To see highlights of the ceremony at the State House, watch the HCAM News video below.
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