Historic 9/11 Painting Now Placed Display at Saratoga Springs Museum

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"Ground Zero" by Bobb Vann

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (01/13/2009)(readMedia)-- "Ground Zero", an original painting commemorating the New York Army National Guard's response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center will go on display at the New York State Military History Museum in Saratoga Springs. The painting depicts New York Army National Guard Soldiers on "The Pile" on the evening of Sept. 11.

WHO: Michael Aikey, director of the New York State Military History Museum and National Guard Bureau historians William B. Boehm and Steven Stearns will participate in the presentation ceremony

WHAT: Presentation of the National Guard Heritage Series Painting "Ground Zero" by artist Bobb Vann on permanent loan to the New York State Military History Musem by the National Guard Bureau

WHEN: 1 p.m., 15 January 2008

WHERE: New York State Military History Museum, 61 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs NY

VISUALS: The original painting will be unveiled by the National Guard Bureau team and Michael Aikey.


The Painting:

"Ground Zero" is one of a series of National Guard Heritage paintings depicting the history of the National Guard from the "First Muster" of Massachusetts Militia Soldiers in 1636, through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World Wars I and II to the present Global War on Terror and Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The painting depicts a night scene following the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan as members of the Army National Guard respond to the scene.

Many members of the New York National Guard did not wait for a formal mobilization order, but rushed instantly to their armories. Closest were three battalions from the 3rd Brigade, 42nd Infantry Division: the 1st Battalion, 101st Cavalry from Staten Island; the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery from Queens; and the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, headquartered in Manhattan a little over two miles north of what would quickly become known as "Ground Zero." Also responding were B & C Companies of the 1st Battalion, 105th Infantry and New York's 2nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction), which sampled the air for chemical, biological, or radiological elements.

By November 2001, most support functions had been handed back to other agencies. But when the headquarters of the 42nd Infantry Division deployed to Iraq in 2004, the image of 9/11 remained strong, and "Rainbow­-Never Forget" became the division's unofficial motto, recalling their presence at the first incident in the Global War on Terror.

Bobb Vann:

"Ground Zero" artist Bobb Vann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now resides in Tubac, Arizona. His love and skills in drawing and painting can be traced back to his childhood. He received formal art training at the Philadelphia College of Art.

His artistic skills include illustration and design as well as painting and drawing. He was an Art Director, served as a judge in art shows, and taught art. He has won a number of awards for his art and has participated in numerous exhibitions.

He founded his company Vanngo Graphics in 1990 as a way to provide positive black images in art. He is also the creator of other works in the National Guard Heritage Series including "Capital Guardians", which commemorates the service of the District of Columbia National Guard and a work commemorating African-American Minute Men.