STOMPERS PROJECT BY JANA MARIE FOUNDATION: “SERVE”
The Stompers Project by Jana Marie Foundation uses art, music, stories, and other forms of creative expression to inform and educate communities about mental and emotional health. The Foundation works with artists, schools, and organizations to create life-sized sculptures of people crafted from recycled, deconstructed sneakers. The sculptures are called “Stompers” to acknowledge their symbolic role in helping to stomp out the stigma that surrounds mental health and give residents a voice through sharing of stories.
One of these Stompers, titled “Serve”, was created by veterans, military service members, and those who serve them to bring awareness to to the mental health needs of military service members and their families. “Serve” is currently on display at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.
NEW GALLERY ADDITION: M1874 GATLING GUN
A standard weapon of the U.S. Army from 1866-1904, the Gatling gun used multiple barrels revolving around an axis to fire in sustained bursts. The M1874 weighs 170 pounds, fires 200 rounds per minute, and requires a 4-man crew for operation. Invented by Dr. Richard J. Gatling, he sought to create a weapon which could do the work of a hundred men and reduce the number of men needed to fight.
“THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE”: MEDAL OF HONOR TEMPORARY EXHIBIT
“The Ultimate Sacrifice,” an exhibit of Mr. Foster J. Sayers, Sr.’s, Medal of Honor, is now on display in the Museum Gallery. As a Private First Class (PFC) serving with Co. L., 357th Infantry, 90th Division, Sayers was awarded the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in combat on November 12, 1944. Without regard for his own safety, Sayers ran toward his objective and set up his machinegun 20 yards from the enemy. His comrades needing to advance, Sayers drew the enemy’s attention. He picked up his gun, charged through withering machinegun and rifle fire and killed 12 German soldiers with devastating close-range fire. PFC Sayers was killed by heavy enemy return-fire. PFC Sayers' indomitable fighting spirit, aggressiveness, and supreme devotion to duty live on as an example of the highest traditions of the military service. PFC Sayers heroically gave his life in service to our nation 75 years ago while combating tyranny in Nazi Germany.
In honor of Mr. Sayers service and sacrifice, we are exhibiting the medals awarded to him marking the 75th anniversary of his heroic actions near Thionville, France during World War II. His Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star are on exhibit together. The exhibit will be on display for six months allowing visitors to reflect on this gentleman’s service and sacrifice prior to the artifacts returning to secure holding.
NEW GALLERY ADDITION: DRUM, ca. 1898
For centuries, the beat of a drum was used to mark the cadence and direction of troop movement allowing for successful maneuvers. Charles Delaney of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was fourteen when he played this drum for the Army. Its calfskin head is decorated with a roster of Company H, 10th PA Volunteer Infantry, which served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.