State Veterans Cemetery To Unveil Third of Five Part Oil Painting Project
CAMP RIPLEY -- The third installment of a five piece oil painting set will be unveiled at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley tomorrow (Saturday).
The 8-foot-by-10-foot painting, which will honor the Coast Guard, will be permanently displayed in Committal Hall at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, next to Camp Ripley.
Staff Sergeant Anthony Housey says the paintings are another way to capture our country's military history.
"The military history in Minnesota goes back before we were a state and it's nice to showcase that in another fashion," says Housey.
Previous paintings were unveiled in 2011, honoring the U.S. Army, and in 2014, honoring the U.S. Navy.
World Renowned Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner was commission through the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Association to paint the five paintings.
Housey says Kapsner does an incredible job in capturing real life emotion in each of his paintings.
"Charles models every figure and aspect of the piece from real people. A lot of them are from the community and you really do get the emotional connection with the people when you sit there and look at them," says Housey.
The dedication is opened to the public and will start at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the American Legion in Little Falls.
Housey says the final two paintings, honoring the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Air Force, are expected to be unveiled in the next few years.