The sweet smell of flowers and a bright, sunny day are easy to take for granted. However, these freedoms are only awarded to us because of the sacrifices made by those who serve to protect us. A visit to the World War II Memorial not only gives you a breathtaking view of the Naval Academy and the Severn River, but is a beautiful and solemn reminder of the price of liberty.

WWII MemorialThis epic time in the world history touched generations in such a relatively short time ago, most visitors can relate some personal story to the Memorial. I wandered to the engraved map of the Pacific, where my grandfather served as a Merchant Marine, and where his brother – a fighter pilot – went missing in action when he was shot down over Burma.

The monument contains passages of history to inform visitors of Maryland’s role in the War, and the surrounding granite slabs reflect the names of 6,454 Marylanders who lost their lives. A stone of remembrance for Pearl Harbor reminds us to “Keep America Alert.” Exquisite attention to detail and design of the natural and manmade make the monument a truly majestic space for reflection.



Illustrations by Lindsay Bolin Lowery

Lindsay Bolin Lowery

Lindsay Bolin Lowery has always drawn, written, and visually journaled the world around her. Graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art with honors, she has since been an artist at Art at Large, Inc., the studio of Sally Wern Comport. Specializing in illustration, design, public art, and large-scale graphic solutions, there is never a boring day on the job. When not at Art at Large, Lindsay creates for her art business LBo Craft – a culmination of a love for drawing, painting, photographing, documenting, and working with her hands to craft handmade things that celebrate hometown pride, nostalgia, and nature. You may also spot her behind the counter at Art Things from time to time; setting up an LBo Craft sale at Lowery’s Produce on the Eastern Shore; popping into HERE, a pop-up shop; or supporting the local art and music scene. Lindsay specializes in watercolor, drawing, and printmaking media. Check out LBoCraft.com to view Lindsay’s work or at artatlargeinc.com to check out the day job! Follow her on instagram and twitter @linds_lbocraft or LBoCraft on Facebook.