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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Dayton VAMC's Visual Information Specialist Wins Honorable Mention in National Contest!

October 3, 2013

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Dayton VAMC's Visual Information Specialist Wins Honorable Mention in National Contest!

DAYTON - The National Park Service (NPS) announced its 14th Annual National Historic Landmark Photo Contest on April 1, 2013. Dayton VAMC's own, Tessa Kalman, Visual Information Specialist, submitted a humbling yet subdued photo of the Dayton National Cemetery (historically known as the Central Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers) located on the west side of Dayton, Ohio, see Print Version (PDF). On September 26, NPS declared out of a total of 340 entries submitted to the contest, Ms. Kalman emerged with an Honorable Mention! The Dayton VAMC is proud of Ms. Kalman's outstanding achievement and artist ability, which speaks to the caliber of staff employed at the Dayton VA Medical Center.

The artist's interpretation of the photo's significance, "To me, it is all about history and symbolism. The location, the weather, and the time of day all came together to create a scene that captures the somber mood, the reverence, and the peace that exists in this place. You can see in an instant the passing time since this Veteran was laid to rest, as the tree grew and encircled his grave marker, almost as if protecting it. Among the perfect rows of white marble, on immaculately maintained grounds, this tree seemed to honor one of our nation's heroes in a way that only the randomness of nature can do."

Ms. Kalman's photo can be viewed among the winner and other honorable mentions at:

Contact: For additional information, contact Kimberly Frisco at (937) 268-6511, Ext. 1396.