Veterans’ artwork on display for their holiday

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Published: 11-08-2023 6:35 PM

Some 50 years ago Tom Sawyer of Lowell, Mass., served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era. Today, he wields a brush pursuing his love of painting.

Artwork by Tom Sawyer and 11 other residents of the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton will be on display Nov. 11, at the Meredith Historical Society Museum during and after the town’s Veterans Day observance. The museum will be open that day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At 10 a.m., local police will lead a parade of veterans from the American Legion Hall on Plymouth Street to the Meredith Public Library lawn for the town’s annual tribute to servicemen and women. Unique to this year’s observance beginning at 10:15 a.m. will be dedication of the town’s new Veterans Memorial, displaying names of those credited to Meredith who fought in all of our country’s wars, from the American Revolution to the Global War on Terror.

Members of the Griggs-Wyatt Post, American Legion, will serve a luncheon following the observance, and participants are invited to stop at the museum and view twelve pieces of art from the Tilton Home residents.

Contributors in addition to Sawyer are: Al Caldwell, U.S. Navy, WW2; Bettey Tobey, U.S. Army, Korean Conflict; Ymile Craven, U.S. Army, Korean Conflict; Priscilla Remillard, U.S. Navy, Vietnam Era; Phillip Hunt, U.S. Navy, 1981-1987; Bob Burt, U.S. Army, Korean Conflict; Tony Damanti, U.S. Navy, 1975-1979; Kathleen Pippin, U.S. Air Force, Gulf War; John Legasse, U.S. Army, Vietnam Era; Reggie Watson, U.S. Army, Vietnam Era; and Claude Kenny, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam Era.

The Tilton Veterans Home held its annual Residents’ Art Show on Nov. 3, facilitated by Vynnie Hale of the Galleries on Main St. in Meredith. The paintings on display this Saturday at the Main Street Museum are a selection from that show.

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Now open Saturdays only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Meredith Main Street Museum features displays from 250 years of the town’s past, helping the local historical society fulfill its mission to preserve, develop, and promote the knowledge and awareness of the unique history of Meredith, New Hampshire to all interested parties.