Stafford Post 290 is partnered with Stafford County Govt in the design and build of a County Wide memorial for members of the Armed Services.  Below is a press release from Stafford County seeking Veteran Artists who might want to vie for the honor of selection as the artist of record for the memorial.


John Cox

Post 290

Call for Artists for Stafford Memorial




Deadline for Submissions: September 1, 2016

Stafford, VA – The Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission has issued an exciting call for a special graphic art design to be engraved on the Memorial Wall that is a focal point of the Stafford Armed Services Memorial. Interested artists are asked to create an original design that represents the diversity of services, time, eras and demographics for each of the five branches of the military (Army, Navy Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force) and their families over the entire history of the Revolutionary War to present day. This call is open only to veterans and active duty members of all branches of service.


For more than 200 years, residents of Stafford County have served honorably in our nation’s armed forces to preserve freedom and democracy. From the Revolutionary War to the present conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world, many of these men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice. The goal is to recognize and remember their sacrifice, and that of their families, by constructing an inspiring memorial that will preserve not only their memory for future generations but also honor all veterans who have served the nation. The memorial will be a fitting place for the public to honor the fallen, salute veterans, and remind citizens that the preservation of freedom requires service and sacrifice.


After juried review of submitted materials, three finalists will be selected for secondary review by the Armed Services Memorial Commission. The finalists will be selected based on artistic merit, relevance to the exhibition theme, inclusion of required elements and suitability for display in the exhibition space. One winner will be selected and awarded an honorarium of $4,800 along with recognition at the memorial.


The Stafford Armed Services Services Memorial will be built on the grassy hill directly behind the parking lot behind the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, at 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554. Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for Veterans Day on November 11, 2016.


For detailed submission guidelines, please visit the Stafford Armed Services Memorial website at There is no fee to enter the competition. The deadline for submissions is 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016. For more information, please contact Sue Henderson at (540) 842-4995 or

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Shannon Howell

Public Information Officer

County of Stafford, VA

1300 Courthouse Road

P.O. Box 339

Stafford, VA 22555-0339

(540) 658-4893 Office

(540) 498-8176 Cell

Stafford Armed Services Memorial – Call for Artists