Tribute to Veterans

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Carol-with-bench-A-A mosaic artist honors veterans with a patriotic bench at the All Wars Memorial.

Veterans Day is a time to remember all service members, and local artist Carol Ayer is using her talents to show her appreciation for the sacrifices of area soldiers.

In an 80-hour project, Ayer recently covered a 61-inch-by-13-inch bench at the All Wars Memorial in Augusta with a mosaic design that features an American eagle and an American flag.

“I’m doing it as a gift to the community and to create mosaic artwork in the city,” she says.

She began working on the bench in September and finished it in early October. “I used tile instead of glass because tile is a better surface for seating and a more durable material for the outdoors,” Ayer says. “I had to do it in three pieces to transport it because it’s so big.”

She hopes to secure funding to create more mosaic benches at other local memorials including a Vietnam War Memorial, which the city of Augusta plans to erect downtown. Excess funds that are raised for the memorial can be used to finance the bench projects.

More than 15,000 area men and women served in Vietnam, and 163 of them made the ultimate sacrifice and never returned home. For more information about the Vietnam War Memorial or to make a contribution, visit vwmi-augusta.org.