HOW Honors the Heroes and Victims of War on Veterans Day

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November 11 is a day of remembrance and gratitude for those who fought for our country. This past Veterans Day, HOW created a public gallery to honor both our own country’s heroes and to those victims of war halfway around the world who don’t have a voice. Partnering with local charities, our team hosted a walk-through gallery of photos in Paseo Nuevo Plaza. The event included art, live music, and guest speakers.

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We contacted local artist Scott Dosch to sculpt one of his famous sand statues in a display at the Plaza. He created for us, a beautiful rendering of a kneeling American soldier. Throughout the weekend we had many students perform live music, many of them our own interns. The Saturday event hosted several guest speakers, including a local Vietman veteran. As the entertainment and displays gathered onlookers, our interns hurried back and forth, handing out flyers, selling merchandise, and answering questions.

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Many watchers were genuinely interested and praised the work HOW is doing. More than once, old friends of HOW and the team would wander up to reunite and some even gave up a few hours of their own time to join the interns. All the while, our cinematography team documented the music, speakers, and activity. 

Veterans Day Event Short Film

By the time the sun set on Sunday, HOW had raised almost $5,000 in donations. All the proceeds from this event will go directly to the purchase of prosthetic legs from Jaipur Foot.

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New Year: MAD Interns and Upcoming Events

Seven months ago, HOW International premiered Florencia: the Forgotten One at the New Victoria theater. Since then the size of our student team has grown to nineteen members. We have put on another event and our biggest event yet is fast approaching. We continue to tirelessly gather funds for the other 10,000 amputees with our Give a Leg campaign. We are developing several additional campaigns including “Latte for a Leg” and #hop4how. As we enter the new year, HOW is preparing for its largest endeavor yet; breaking the world record for most people hopping on one foot. In doing this we hope to gain support from a broader audience and a bigger presence in the media.

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MAD Interns

Our team of interns is comprised of MAD students, led by HOW veterans Wilson and Gibson. The nineteen interns are divided into five teams: graphic design, social media, movie-making, writing, and event planning. They work tirelessly to organize promotional events and keep HOW’s presence in the media strong. John and Douglas continue write their novel Florencia: an Accidental Story, documenting Florencia’s story and their journey to find her. The new year represents opportunity. For HOW, it is an opportunity to do our part in helping those who have lost everything. We will continue to expand our reach and we will not cease our work until we see the other 10,000 walk.

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John and Douglas at the Veteran’s Day Gallery