Artists in New Bern are honoring the military brats by painting dandelions. The project began when Bob Holliker visited New Bern in 2016. Lisa Bisbee Lentz; Lee Hood; Carol Jones; the Giorgianni's (Dom, Tammy & son); Kristen Moffit; and Judy Schychowski have all contributed dandelion paintings to this cause of support.
Lisa Bisbee Lentz explains, " My dad, grandfathers, uncles, cousins and friends have been in the military. I'm thankful everyday for their contributions to keep us safe. Allowing me the freedom to paint. It's a blessing. I know that these military brats have to move from place to place, start new friendships and schools. I imagine it's not easy for military kids to adjust quickly. We paint these dandelions to show our support."
Why a Dandelion?
Bob Holliker is honoring those who followed their military parents serving our nation. Holliker explains, "The concept for the BratPin began in 2009 when I contacted my US Congressman, Bob Latta (R/OH), and asked him why America’s Military Brats have never been recognized for their – for our – service to our nation."
Holliker found this: “The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it’s almost impossible to destroy. It’s an unpretentious plant, yet good looking. It’s a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the wind carries them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands and new friends.
Experts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world and in every color, and that education doesn’t only come from school. They live history. They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences.” ~ Anonymous
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TO PARTICIPATE: Please submit your painting of a dandelion to Greater Good Gallery, 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC 28560. We'll ship the paintings to Bob Holliker and he will offer them for sale on bratpride.com. If you painting sells, you will receive $21.