|Artwork by Vietnam Veteran David Schulz (click to enlarge)|
See Editor's note, below, for more information on the artist.
I am a proponent of freedom of speech. I fully believe in the rights granted to us under our US Constitution.
For years I have seen this Middletown homeowner post his/her political positions on the front lawn and I have respected the right to do so whether or not I hold a similar or differing opinion politically.
However, this homeowner resides directly across the street from a grammar school. This week the homeowner’s political discourse descended into disrespecting the very country that preserves our rights. To display our American flag inverted is not only disrespecting our flag, our country, the veterans who fought to preserve our nation, and the citizens who are proud of this nation despite its political foibles, but this message also influences the formulating young minds in the neighboring school.
|Photo by Cassandra Day, from Middletown Press article|
on the Memorial to Vietnam Veterans, drawn by Schulz.
The offending artwork was created by a Vietnam Veteran and noted artist.
David Schulz was honored in March of this year with the City's Annual Arts Advocacy Award, given to "those who have significantly contributed to the cultural and artistic enrichment and/or have shown extraordinary support and initiative for the arts in our city".
Schulz' haunting portraits of veterans is a memorial mounted in the council chambers at city hall, it includes the names of nearly 500 veterans from Middletown who served between 1961 and 1975, whether in Vietnam or elsewhere. For more on Schulz and the memorial, see Middletown Press Article or the Hartford Courant Article.
Disclaimer: Schulz' work has been featured in The Eye:
- City Man Pens Tribute To UConn Women's Basketball Team (2017)
- More Curbside Editorials (2013)
- Bravo (2013)
- David Schulz at Middletown Framing (2012)
- Roadside Editorial: The Day After (2012)
- Election Day Editorial (2012)
- New Roadside Editorial (2012)
- Lawn Editorials (2012)
- An Editorial and an Advertisement (2012)
- Roadside Editorial by David Schulz (2012)
- Not a Satellite Photo (2011) (This is Schulz' photo of a child's art)
- Sidewalk Sermon by David Schulz (2008)
- Another Sidewalk Sermon by David Schulz (2008)
- David Schulz on Joe Sixpack (2008)
- Reach for Change (2008)
- Editorial by David Schulz (2008)
- Art at the Library (2008)
- David Schulz Sends in the Clowns (2008)