The American Indian Alaska Native Veterans Memorial Committee is honored to announce that The Gift, the proposed central monument for the American Indian Veterans Memorial which will be installed at the Riverside National Cemetery when funding is fully raised, can be viewed at the Pechanga Band of Luiseňo Indians Resort and Casino.
The sculptor of The Gift, A. Thomas Schomberg, has prepared a one-half human size bronze rendering for our California community. The tour of The Gift begins at Pechanga and will be presented there on Veterans Day and for a limited time thereafter. Other Tribes will host The Gift at their facilities from Veterans Day 2016 through Memorial Day 2017. An announcement such as this one will be sent as The Gift travels from one tribe to another during that time.
The Gift is meant to represent the Nation’s gratitude to the American Indian for over 200 years of military service. It also symbolizes the sacrifices the American Indian endured throughout history. The Gift will be created in twice human life size for the Riverside National Cemetery. The finished full body sculpture will be approximately nine to ten feet tall and will sit upon a ten to twelve foot pedestal. It will be presented in bronze and incorporate a relatively new technique to color the bronze of the Continental flag in muted tones of red, white and blue and render the Jefferson Medal in silver.