Honoring military service

Maine artists sought to design coin

Sep 05, 2018
The Vietnam War Coin replica plaque hangs in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State Capitol in Augusta.

Augusta — The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services is seeking a Maine artist to design an Honorable Service Coin, recognizing the military service of post-Vietnam War and peacetime veterans. Coins honoring the service of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and female veterans have previously been commissioned. Plaques of those coins now hang in the Hall of Flags at the State Capitol, as will the final design of the Honorable Service Coin.

“No matter when or where they served, a veteran is someone who has expressed their willingness to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. That deserves recognition,” said Adria Horn, director of the MBVS. “The Honorable Service Coin will be a symbol of that recognition and the eternal gratitude of Maine and its citizens for all who have worn the uniform.”

According to the official request for proposals, interested artists are challenged to create a design that is unique to Maine and relevant to all of Maine’s veterans. All artists must be taxpaying residents of the State of Maine and must articulate their connection to Maine veterans in their proposal. The project is open to all artists age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status or physical disabilities.

Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Students at any level are ineligible. The submission deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. For more information, see the RFP at mainearts.maine.gov.

For more information about the Honorable Service Coin and Plaque program, contact MBVS Deouty Director David Richmond at David.A.Richmond@maine.gov. All other questions should be directed to Diamond Duryea, public art consultant, at dia8788@hotmail.com or 239-1069.

The Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services was established in 1947 by the State of Maine and is part of the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. Its mission is to help Mainers who served, and their loved ones, understand and navigate the benefits, services, and programs available to them. The Bureau is headquartered at Camp Keyes and has six field service offices located throughout the state; and a claims office located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Togus. The Bureau also operates the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery System, which includes four veterans’ cemeteries. For more information about the Bureau or to request assistance, visit maine.gov/veterans.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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