Special Art Honors Crow Nation
1 month ago
As the 27th Day of Honor approached the Society wanted to present something special to the members of the Chief Plenty Coup Honor Guard and the Crow Nation to mark their participation in the national commemoration of the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (1921-2021).
Mrs. Joyce Ranum, wife of former Tomb Guard John Ranum (1960) and Life Founding Member of the Society, has been working with oil paintings for many years and offered to capture some of the iconic moments when the Crow were in Arlington National Cemetery on November 9-10, 2021. Joyce had this to say about the experience of creating these beautiful pieces:
“Both are oil on canvas. I started them about July 11 and worked several hours most every day until August 22. While one was partially drying, I worked on the other one. The choice of the subject matter presented a real challenge due to the detail."
"When working on the paintings I was wishing I knew more about the symbolism of the headdresses and traditional clothing. They were all different, and very intricate.”
The two works of art were presented to the Crow Nation on September 3, 20200 at the Chief Plenty Coups State Park, where they will be on display for all visitors to see. Joyce and John were able to meet members of the Chief Plenty Coups Honor Guard and talk with them about their experience during the Centennial.
“At the Day of Honor Celebration, after the presentation of my paintings to the Tribe, I was honored to meet the subjects of my paintings which was the highlight of the day for me.” - Joyce Ranum, Artist
Along with the art, the Society presented postcards of both pieces to be distributed to the Crow Nation. Copies of these postcards and prints will be available for purchase in the Society store at a later date.
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Did you know?
Is it true after two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as Guard of the Tomb, that there are only 600 presently worn, and that the Guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin?
The Tomb Guard Identification Badge (TGIB) is awarded after the Sentinel passes a series of tests. The TGIB is permanently awarded after a Sentinel has served nine months as a Sentinel at the Tomb. Over 600 have been awarded since its creation in the late 1950's (on average 10 per year). And while the TGIB can be revoked, the offense must be such that it discredits the Tomb of the Unknowns. Revocation is at the 3rd Infantry Regimental Commander’s discretion and can occur while active duty or even when the Sentinel is a civilian. The TGIB is a full size award, worn on the right pocket of the uniform jacket, not a lapel pin.