Statement of purpose

It has been well-established that there is a continued societal need and desire to honor the sacrifices of our nearly 6900 U.S. service members lost in combat since 2001. This desire provided impetus for the creation of A Touching Tribute: The Long War Memorial. However, listing the names of our fallen military did not seem enough to adequately depict the larger picture of what those sacrifices actually represent.
Each casualty should not be considered as the first loss, the second, the next or the last.Each casualty was a son, a daughter, a brother or sister, a wife, a husband, the father of three or the mother of one. Each face of our fallen has been etched into the memory of someone who loved them. Therefore, through The Long War Memorial, the names of our fallen are paired with photographs of the person behind the sacrifice. In addition, the creators of The Long War Memorial recognize the ongoing difficulties that surviving U.S. military service members, from all eras and all branches, continue to face.
The wounds of war stretch far, encompassing the lives of thousands of veterans who face physical, mental, and/or emotional struggles on a daily basis. In order to continue to serve these veterans, we must look toward meaningful ways to engage them and encourage them to rediscover their strengths and value. Therefore, the ideological concepts of Logotherapy and Art Therapy, and their combined value to the welfare of U.S. veterans, also form the foundational concept behind the design of The Long War Memorial. Through participation in the creation of this major contribution to a society, veteran participants will benefit from the therapeutic value of artistic expression, as well as the increasingly explored concept of applying Logotherapy for the continued healing of combat-wounded and injured veterans.


A Touching Tribute: The Long War memorial has been featured in many galleries across the country.

Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago
The barracks of Muskogee
Jess Brown Medical Center
Healing art center
Tricksters gallery

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A Touching Tribute: The Long War Memorial is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.

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Project Goals

1) To create a first-of-its-kind veteran-made memorial, honoring fallen U.S. Military from the ongoing “Long War.”
2) To engage and inform the public about the reach of sacrifice, and how those who have sacrificed all can be remembered and honored beyond their name or statistical placement in a casualty database.
3) To offer therapeutic opportunities to veterans suffering from post-war wounds and illnesses, through the combination of Art Therapy and Logotherapy practices.

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