Veterans Day Event to Honor Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick received the “Presidential Wound Certificate.” (What is today the “Purple Heart”)

Wetumpka Artist John Kelly Fitzpatrick to be Honored at Elmore County's 9th Annual Tribute to Veterans 

Join us on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wetumpka Alabama to honor Dixie Art Colony co-founder and WWI veteran Kelly Fitzpatrick. The tribute will include a display about Fitzpatrick's heroic service, the history of Veterans Day.  The Gallery of Honor exhibit will open at 4:00 pm. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by a reception. Trinity Episcopal Church is located across from McDonalds at 5375 US Highway 231 in Wetumpka.

Interestingly, we have knowledge of and access to a watercolor painting by Fitzpatrick that is dated 1918. It was apparently painted during his military service. This painting along with a series of large storyboards will be included in an exhibit in the Annual Gallery of Honor display at Trinity Episcopal Church. The storyboards will chronicle Fitzpatrick's combat experience in WWI and how the experience changed his life and the history of Veterans Day. In a February 2017 interview with the DAC Foundation, Norma Forbes, a 98 year-old native of Birmingham and long-time close friend of Fitzpatrick, described in vivid detail how Fitzpatrick’s life profoundly changed as a result of his military service in World War I. 

To learn more, follow the link to our press release: Full Press Release

Anyone having additional information about Fitzpatrick's combat service or the existence of artwork created by Fitzpatrick during WWI is encouraged to contact the Dixie Art Colony Foundation: info@DixieArtColony.org  

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