WWI Memorial snags a talented duo and memorable concept; Rescue Reston to present ‘Paint & Sip’ event

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Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. Photo credit National Park Service

UPDATE: Thanks to reader Charles Birnbaum for providing this related information.

Pershing Park in Washington, D.C., will soon have a landmark sure to bring in crowds of those mourning, observing or acknowledging our fallen heroes.

Sculptures, walls and stunning landscaping will be created and erected as part of the movement commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI when the vision of Joseph Weishaar and Sabin Howard comes to life. Weishaat and Howard’s design, which they referred to as “The Weight of Sacrifice,” was chosen to eloquently share with the world just how much our armed forces have done for us through the years.

Weishaar and Howard’s work of art was chosen out of more than 360 entries, and then chosen again from five finalists. The jury’s report stated that The Weight of Sacrifice comes closest to meeting all National World War I Memorial goals.

According to a press release, “properly executed, this design concept promises to remind and inspire visitors for generations to come about American involvement and sacrifice in World War I. The allegorical idea that public space and public freedom are hard won through the great sacrifices of countless individuals in the pursuit of liberty provides the original design concept for this project. A memorial and a park built to represent this truth should pay homage to the loss incurred in securing these freedoms.”

All of this was introduced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, which was established in 2013 to “plan, develop, and execute programs, projects and activities to commemorate the Centennial of World War I (WWI).” And all of that is to take place in five years.

The commission’s goal with this project? “Establish a National World War I Memorial in Washington DC, and bring attention to the thousands of World War I memorials in communities across the country that honor Americans who served in the war.” We’d say this creation is a step in the right direction for those trying to honor the soldiers in the forgotten war.

—McEnearney Associates, “WWI Memorial Finally Snags a Talented Duo and a Memorable Concept”

Upcoming Events

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Rescue Reston will present “Paint the Town Green Paint & Sip Fundraiser” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Reston Community Center — Hunter Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road). Painting instruction and fun provided by Pinot’s Palette, with catering provided by JJ Deli, featuring appetizers and a delicious slider bar along with  wine, beer, soda and water. The cost is $72/person, with $20-$25 per attendee benefitting Rescue Reston; no prior painting experience required. Click here to register.

Rescue Reston is also seeking volunteers for the event to help with the registration of attendees/ID checks, serving of food and beverages, and cleanup after the event. Email Robin Hogan to let her know that you are interested in volunteering.

“Rescue Reston is a grass-roots organization comprising community volunteers who oppose redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course into residential housing or any site development other than a golf course or comparable open space.” — About Rescue Reston

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