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Detail from The Washington National Cathedral painting

Gary S. Schofield is a writer, television producer, artist, composer, and musician. With a degree in Biochemistry, a career in the arts, and a keen interest in history, he has sought to add this richness to all of his work.

He is also the president of The Global Concern, Inc.

Link http://www.theglobalconcern.org/

Link  www.MeltingWorld.org

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Link to TV 3 feature

Link to "The Arts on Sunday" feature

Link to Jim Mora Show interview

Link to photography of Trevor N. DuPuy, military strategist and historian

"The Future of War" from the book Future Vision

was written by Gary Schofield at a time when some historians were even claiming "the end of history".

Now, years later, check  for yourself each and every prediction made in this paper.

Future Vision is an anthology that comprises the papers of some of the world's greatest minds, including Frederik Pohl and Richard A.Slaughter.

CLICK HERE FOR FUTURE VISION

Schofield Complete 2014 Lesson Guides now made available to students, teachers and the public alike.

Should you wish to view these important materials

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click on this link

Schofield 2015 Gallipoli Commemorative Print in Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand

Lake Braddock Orchestra's extraodinary achievements in Schofield presentation

Link to Lake Braddock Orchestra feature

Gallipoli Print featured at the ANZAC Commemoration Atlanta, Georgia



The Honorary Consul Ian Latham, NZ Consulate,  presided


Education through art

100th Commemoration of ANZAC for New Zealand featured in WWI exhibition

WWW exhibition Link Here

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Schofield Gallipoli Painting used for Georgetown University's 2014 ANZAC Lecture


Schofield tribute to Australia:


Birth of Australia


Arcs


Spring in Washington, D.C. is a remarkable time of the year. Here it is depicted in the

"Cherry Blossoms".



"The Cherry Blossoms" Detail



A thousand delicate petals scatter the early morning light around the Washington DC tidal Basin. Such fleeting beauty brings a soft impermanence to the political life of Washington, D.C. and reminds the American people of the eternal cycles of life and season.

This sentiment is also part of the gift from the people of Japan for these 1,300 cherry trees, given in 1912, touch both countries.

The cherry is a member of the rose family but by any name, in either country, most who walk through this pink and white carpet will walk quietly, in ceremony 

Cherry Blossoms haiku

Rebirth eternal

Fleeting in their fragile life

The sweet breath of spring

                                  GSS

In the painting itself I have attempted to capture may of the Capital’s symbols:  the stature of Washington, the wisdom of Jefferson and the knowledge of the Smithsonian are not only represented here but also their reflections.

 

Original painting and text by Gary S. Schofield

Best wishes to everyone and hope 2014 is, so far, all you wished it could be.

Don't forget to always visit www.MeltingWorld.org for unique perspectives on how our planet is also doing!

Schofield painting of the Cathedral's beautiful gothic style and extraordinary "Space Window" now on display at the Washington National Cathedral.

Nordic Goddess on the set of music video"Christmas By Myself" the single

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The World's first Global Warming Christmas CD, now a collector's item is available at

SchofldART@aol.com or at www.EVNdirect.com..

"The Snow Is Melting For Christmas" by Gary and Stewart Schofield

"EARTH FROM SPACE" Painting

On display at the THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Virginia

View the painting near the planetarium. The complete original is very large at 8' X 30 and incorporates the constellations, plane of the ecliptic, planets and milky way galaxy accurately painted.

CAPTAIN PELOWSKI'S CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY AND PRESENTATION
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SUFFOLK, Va. - Capt. Karl Leonard relieved Capt. Stash Pelkowski as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Unit Joint Staff Suffolk during a change of command ceremony Saturday in Suffolk.
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Schofield print presentation
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The change of command ceremony conveys to the officers, enlisted members and civilian employees members of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by a leader and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

Special Presentation The French Art Shop Wellington, New Zealand.

After being painted 30 years ago, a portrait, damaged in the Christchurch Earthquake, was repaired and finished in front of patrons at the French Art Shop Ghuznee Street, Wellington

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Schofield Lecture
NZIIA
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Lt. Gen Rhys-Jones, Chief of Defence Forces, Gary S. Schofield
Lecture
The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
5.30 PM, Wednesday, 21st August, 2013, Victoria University of Wellington, Rutherford House Lecture Theatre and Ground Foyer.
 
 “Art in the History of Conflict”
Art is a vehicle and an opportunity for international diplomacy. It is also an introduction to anyone, at any level. New Zealand, as a country, has a disproportionately strong voice in International Affairs and, as with all countries, this is predicated upon our Art of War, Art of Diplomacy and our Art and Culture.
 
Gary Schofield will not only describe a personal journey, but also intertwine a history of warfare as much of his work is symbolic and represents thousands of years of conflict. To understand civilisation we surely also have to understand the nature of warfare.

Schofield Proposal for the Dame Hilda Ross Bronze Sculpture

"Such a work that seeks to portray Dame Hilda’s: legislative achievements, especially for women and children, oratory, pioneering role as a woman leader, being a conductor and pianist, work in healthcare, stoicism during WWII, Hamilton becoming a city, the end of the Land Wars and settlement of the area, must also be a vehicle of expression, movement and grace honouring her many achievements, interests and humanity.

In many ways these humanities are a projection of self and my proposal creates a podium for her, not only as a speaker, but also for her as a conductor and orchestrator of her own achievements."

Pencil sketch

Wax 3D sketch

Dame Hilda Ross and the Children of New Zealand

 

Children are not only just a segment of the population but in essence, and only a couple of generations, they comprise the population,

 The two children bursting from the podium under Dame Hilda’s orchestration represent all New Zealanders benefiting from her improvements in health, education and welfare.


Washington, D.C. Hepatitis B Initiative



As a donor to this worthwhile cause I would remind everyone:

19th May is Hepatitis B Awareness Day. This deadly and latent disease must be addressed

Here are some of the pictures from the Awards Dinner:

Awards included Dr. Gregory Pappas and Congressman Mark Kean with Key note speaker Dr. Nadine Garcia Dir of minority US Dept. Health and Human Services.

Schofield prints assist in fund raising



St. Paul's Commission

  

  Schofield Address at the Unveiling of
“The St Paul’s Collegiate School Painting”,

                        March  2013

It is an honour to be here Headmaster and thanks to you and to everyone for making me, and my son Stewart, so welcome.

While I have been high on my step-ladder painting this picture many an earnest, polite, young, smiling face has asked me:

"How many paintings have you done?

How many times have you been on TV?

Do you get nervous when you have to speak in front of all those people?"

"The secret is this;

the truth is no one is really listening to you.

You have to make them pay attention and, worst of all, they will forget everything you have said very quickly."

We do not really remember the speeches from our school days. We remember the education, we use it still everyday, but few actual speeches are remembered.

I remember James K. Baxter coming to St. Paul's to speak, (You can find his books in the classrooms of the United States. Stewart read them in Grade 1 and 2 in the US and It is easier to order them from Minnesota than a book shop in Hamilton) and one other gentleman who came here and said;

"You are not going to remember a single word of what I have to say."

See, it works; I made sure I remembered them.

It is such a privilege and opportunity to impress your ideas on anyone especially children, so I value that privilege and make the most of every opportunity.

"Civilisation is a race between education and catastrophe” said H.G. Wells.

H. G. Wells was not just a science fiction writer he also helped write the charter to the League of Nations that would later become our United Nations Charter.

So, you never know who will shape the future of our world.

According to Archbishop Moxon, who was here just the other day, St. Paul's is now shaping the future leaders of New Zealand, not only because of its standards of education. but also because we believe in values and character and causes greater than ourselves.

Not wishing to argue with the Archbishop I will take this a step further because I know New Zealand has a disproportionate voice in the World. How can barely 4 million people have a say in a world of 7 Billion, but we do because of our geopolitical situation and history but also because of our education and place in global institutions.

So, what is being taught here will echo around the World.

I know of no finer education than from this school but, more importantly, school days are only a small portion of your entire life, should you live a long, healthy, New Zealand lifestyle.

Teaching how to learn and the enjoyment of learning expands wisdom and imagination every day and over a lifetime, and, as Einstein said;

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."


The other question I have been asked is:

“What is it like being back here at St Paul's?

Honestly the answer has two parts:

Firstly, there is nothing like the New Zealand rapport among workmates, the irreverent New Zealand humour or working along side the teachers, staff and administration of St. Paul's. It reminded me of my unique experience working in New Zealand many years ago.

It is a cultural difference to the USA and remarkably, even though we think of our humour as so personal and an inherent, integral part of our souls, our humour is definitely cultural and learned.

The second part of the answer is more melancholy or perhaps philosophical:

Here we all are in this same place. We are all very real, flesh and blood but, just as real, were my headmaster, teachers and friends who are now plaques and cups and names on a board.

I am also responsible for one of those, the bronze bust of Reginald Hornsby in the Hornsby library. Remember to glance his way as you enter and leave.

Hornsby was a remarkable man. Commander of the Gurkhars in WWII, stoic and persistent he believed in this school, denied himself payment for his work and simply, this school would not be here without him.

If you read the book "A Venture in Faith" it recounts my meeting him at the end of his life.
I actually hitch-hiked down to Nelson with the clay head under my arm and set about capturing the essence of the man. He refereed to me back at St. Paul's as "your man Schofield" and the younger man and the older man got to know one other.

There are ghosts everywhere for me and I want you to know of them too.

One of Grant Lander's leadership strengths is his ability to understand this, to honour their memories and contributions, realising they still exist today and to incorporate them into the school of today, moving forward.

We are the sum of all the people who have touched us in life.

As for the painting itself, the Headmaster told me he looks forward to an annual art dedication with other artists and I politely smiled, but quietly thought “hopefully not”.

The other secret I am going to tell you is how I name my works:

“The Arlington National Cemetery” painting
“The Washington National Cathedral” painting
“The Pentagon Full Honors” painting
“The Congressional Medal of Honor” painting

I name them so no other artist can come along and try to do the same thing!

In this regards we unveil today “The St. Paul’s Collegiate School” the result of a letter I received from:

Lizzy Rajan
Brenna Cockrem
Liam O’Donoghue
and Jonty Wood.

I knew, with such a space and a canvas so large, I had to make a work that was impressive and had stature. It could not be understated so I have used impact, strong and dramatic perspective so, not only does the painting leap towards you and out of the canvas, but also you can walk towards and into it and become part of that scene.

Other than the black and white I have used only the three primary colours, red, yellow and blue in the simplest palette, to paint the work. As mammals we are alerted to those colours and we see them on our roads and in our lives, to caution, alert and inform us everyday.

This painting seizes a moment of our history.

Thank you Headmaster and thank you St. Paul’s for giving me this experience.


Gary S. Schofield

Detail

Link to St. Paul's Collegiate

                  

Detail

The Gallipoli Painting

Gallipoli 

The concept is to make the New Zealand Flag, the painting.

This flag is beautiful with its brilliant blue incorporating the Southern Cross and the Union Jack and, unfurled in the breeze, represents the sky, land, sea and background of the painting in all dimensions.

Gallipoli was to assure the independent identity of both New Zealand and Australia, therefore over the Union Jack I have painted the Gallipoli Medal itself. The medal clearly shows ANZAC and Simpson’s donkey representing the historic bravery and self sacrifice of those tending for the many wounded in a battle whose casualties were greater, per capita, than any other:  New Zealanders received casualty rates higher then 90%.

 

To the left within the painting stands a lone soldier of Gallipoli. I have chosen George W. Stewart from the Auckland Mounted Rifles both for his poignant stance and because he endured the horrendous campaign from beginning to end. He was one of only 13 survivors of his entire regiment and was decorated by his own country and honoured by the French.  Upon receiving orders for the evacuation his final, sad duty was to euthanise his faithful horse.

The soldier is painted in the back and white we remember through the images of this period and stands proudly and serenely with poppies painted at his feet.

Within the sweep and curl of the flag is ANZAC Cove itself flanked by the New Zealand Koru. The entire New Zealand and Australian landing is painted with detail.


The New Zealand flag then also becomes the sparkling Aegean Sea with its beautiful turquoise colour merged with the sepia of the historic ANZAC landing.


To capture the public’s imagination, for fund raising, the painting must be inspiring, historical and beautiful.  This flag then also serves as a statement with impact shaping the ribbons of the medal, while the stars leap from the canvas commemorating these brave souls and our heritage.

New Zealand's beautiful St. Peter's Cathedral painted by GSS:

 

Detail 1         St. Peter's

Detail 2     St. Peter's 

                              

Detail 3     St. Peter's 

Detail 4     St. Peter's 

Best wishes for 2013

Season's Greetings Everyone

Watch the free video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHHL8zNND30

 

911 2012

The Pentagon September 11 Painting

The Pentagon, Concourse, Washington. DC

Washington National Cathedral Painting

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The Washington Cathedral Painting

Wherever you stand in the magnificent Washington National Cathedral the immaculate prisms of light and divine presence filter through the artistry of sculptors, painters, and artisans.  The Washington National Cathedral painting has employed this neo-gothic architecture and light to create a majestic triptych.

 

The three elements of The Trinity shine in symbolism and project out of the painting towards every viewer. Arches and frames within frames intertwine a neo-gothic style, history and cathedra traditions with science and the achievements of the Apollo mission and lunar landing.

 

From the pillars draped by the indoor lighting of the cathedral, to the colors of the spectrum filtered through the beautiful stained glass work from each window, the painting seeks to capture each overlapping beam of light. 

 

The moon rock from the Sea of Tranquility placed in the center of the work and surrounded by the stars inspires us all to contemplate our wondrous universe.

 

The universality of this cathedral is also represented in the painting: above the arches are found the flags of the United States of America. This is the National Cathedral in which all citizens can take pride and where everyone is welcome to worship or visit. Our country prides itself in freedom of religion and separation of church and state and this is a cathedral for everyone, revered around the World.

 

Painted in oils and oil pastel the painting captures the glaze and depth of light in a unique technique. The artist, Gary S. Schofield, has completed many great works in Washington, DC and overseas and prints of his work are helping to raise funds in repairing the earthquake damage to this magnificent cathedral.

 

Schofield print on permanent display in the

 US Veterans Govt. Building, Minnesota

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Gallipoli, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima

 

 by Gary S. Schofield

Most people are completely unaware of New Zealand’s role in the WWII battles of the Pacific both in geography, military strategy and the personal sacrifice fighting alongside US allies.

70 years ago New Zealand was a staging ground for the one of the most pivotal campaigns in the Pacific War: Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

The Japanese had seized the Solomon Islands and were cutting the fragile, extended allied supply lines in the South Pacific. It was a battle that would determine the future of the war. It was campaign to turn the tide of the Japanese conquests but should Guadalcanal have failed the future of the entire Pacific Theatre would have been in doubt.

In a bold surprise attack the Allies captured Guadacanal and the vital airstrip and in one of the most crucial battles of the war had to hold it and press the counter attack against the might of Naval Air and Ground Forces.

Japanese Prisoners of War from the Solomons being disembarked in New Zealand

US forces on Guadalcanal

There was so much conflict and disease and so many naval engagements alone with such a loss of men and material the nearby waters were named Iron Bottom Sound.

“We tied empty ration cans together and strung them out and around our foxholes so if the Japs were moving around us in the dark they would rattle the cans and we could open up with our rifles and machine guns. This happened almost every night because they were strongly entrenched in the jungle and all around us.

 

They tried to infiltrate our perimeter at night and bayonet our men. You could swear that every bush was moving…”

A Guadalcanal war diary

Many of the US forces had come fresh from the pastoral welcome of the quiet farms and small cities of New Zealand.

Some call that the most successful invasion ever and the small country was captivated by the wealth and charm of the infantry and marines. My mother, Nita Stewart, now in her 90s, well remembers those days;


"The Americans seemed to attend all the dances and even sent their transports over with escorts and chaperones, officers and military police to take us to the US camp at Pukekohe from Tuakau. "

It was a long shift working in the Post and Telegraph office during the day and at night my mother also worked in the US dehydration plant nearby processing and desiccating food for the Pacific Campaign.

She remembers Americans like Albert Hanson from Montana who lost his life in the Pacific.

The US forces also returned from combat to New Zealand for medical care, leave, rest and relaxation. They were generous well mannered, she remembers, and while she subsisted on NZ coupons they brought silk stockings and sweets by the carton.

In fact with the arrival of flotillas of ships came the US 37th, 43rd and 25th Infantry Divisions, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions, the US Naval Hospitals, the 39th General US Army hospital and a plethora of entertainers and VIPs.

This alliance had been forged in the heat of WWI and underscored by New Zealand suffering one of the largest losses of male population per capita in that war making her islands almost indefensible.

I dedicate this speech to those who fought and also those who supported and held their breath. I want to talk about the legacy you have given to us. It is a very important legacy in the way that Civilization, throughout history, always takes your experiences and shapes them into an image, into a story, or into a memorial.

Civilization takes art and music, history and literature and has shaped an icon, some picture of you, but I believe your bravery and sacrifice reaches all of us and tells that story and in so doing creates a stronger society.

It is mindful of these parallels and symbols that reflect the universal histories of all nations that I also dedicate this painting of “Iwo Jima in the Snow” to those Americans in the Pacific. Set in the Nations capital covered in a white shroud those iconic figures represent universal valor.

Life is fragile and in some ways we are all history and I have found we are guilty of being caught, often, in re-telling an old play, and in replaying an old story:

Guadalcanal was the first amphibious landing of the war. August 7 1942.

 

Gallipoli the ANZAC campaign of WWI was on the minds of US military planners. Gallipoli was the first modern amphibious landing ever and, of course, a disaster.

The invasion of Guadalcanal was going to be Gallipoli reincarnated but done well…and it was… to the extent that of all the moments to launch the climatic amphibious assault of the war; Iwo Jima…

 the same minute, of the same hour, of the same day, exactly 30 years later was chosen.        

9AM on the 19th February 1915 Gallipoli

9AM on the 19th February 1945 Iwo Jima.

Gallipoli had been studied. It was studied as an example of all the things not to do when launching an invasion. Everything that could possibly go wrong with that invasion went wrong, according to the history books.

But the most striking thing about history is that it is often a parable to current times.  We view the great events of our country’s history through the events of today. In this way we remake the image of Gallipoli and Iwo Jima every generation.

To my Grandfather’s generation Gallipoli was a defining moment in his country’s coming of age, in the unquestioning duty to fight alongside the undefeatable British Empire. Inspired by Lord Kitchener my Grandfather volunteered and joined a flood of youth propelled into the First World War, into the Great Adventure.

 Private Walter Schofield 1915

The image of the war then was one of a group of rugby teams sent overseas to play a series of games.

Just to give you some idea of the scale of this war: At the battle of the Somme the British casualties alone were 57,000, on the first day.

The Gallipoli idea itself was imaginative and Winston Churchill’s, then Lord of the Admiralty.  :

To sail the British fleet though the Narrows of the Dardanelles, through the Sea of Marmara to bombard Constantinople and even then on through the Black Sea to Romania and along the Danube to bombard Vienna into submission.

How is that for a World War I plan?

Now think for a moment; The bombardment began on the 19th of February but the Kiwis and Aussies commemorate ANZAC day, the day of the actual invasion, on the 25th April.

So what do you think the enemy was doing for the next 2 months?… preparing!

This is precisely why General Holland M. Smith, (Howling Mad Smith he liked to be known) in command of the Iwo Jima marine attack force wanted at least 10 days of concentrated bombardment followed by an immediate assault.

 

Gen. H.M. Smith

The specter of Gallipoli stalked amphibious invasions.

Gallipoli evolved from that naval plan in an extreme form of mission creep. There were no plans for infantry in this operation they were called for later to garrison the forts after Turkey surrendered. From a garrison they became an assault force to take Constantinople: The Turks would surrender. Russia could be supplied and strengthened. Germany would be forced to withdraw forces from the Western Front and the War could well be over.

The irony was that back in 1914 the Narrows were virtually defenseless just as Iwo Jima was exactly thirty years later.

This was not the incompetence of “ bombarding too soon before an invasion” as we are told. There was no invasion, that was Churchill’s naval plan failing. Any invasion had been considered costly back in November 1914 and requiring hundreds of thousands of troops. So how could it suddenly be possible to send only 75,000 comprising irregular troops picked for garrison duty to take over the country? That is the untold story of Gallipoli. Kiwis and Aussies weren’t even considered regular troops and yet they nearly did it. The commanders on the field were cursed by Gallipoli to their graves for incompetence and yet they nearly did it. 

Kitchener was so convinced in the inferiority of the Turks that he did not even research their military doctrine. There were 60,000 trained troops of the once Ottoman Empire defending the Dardanelles.

The Turks were fighting for their homeland just as it would be at Iwo Jima. That was the intensity and the will to fight to the death.

The reality was a failure and a calamity with grievous loss of life. Russia remained separated and then collapsed into the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. The Allies were then committed to more years of trench warfare on the Western Front and the loss of more hundreds of thousands of lives.

The profound nature of the war altered its image dramatically and shaped the character of the country because of the personal scale of the tragedy. It was not only the experiences of the soldiers that weaved their way into the fabric of the country but the very real and undiminished grief of everyone else left behind.

My Grandfather was wounded at Gallipoli but on my Stewart mother’s side of the family, every one of my Grandmothers three brothers fought at Gallipoli.

George H. Stewart

 

We were a nation of about a million. The DuPuy Institute for Military Research estimates a western nation can support an army of 5 percent from its’ total population: That is an army of 50,000. Casualties at Gallipoli approached 10,000 or about 1 in 5 of the country’s total potential army.

At Gallipoli the number of troops deployed about equaled the number of casualties, remarkably the number of casualties approached the number deployed.

This is almost unheard of in the history of warfare.

Below is a map of the General area of Gallipoli.

The general area of Gallipoli including ANZAC Landings

Here are the Dardanelles, the Narrows and the Sea of Marama leading off to Constantinople in the distance, the point where West meets East, where Europe meets Asia. Turkey even used to be called Asia Minor.

Terrain clearly was a factor in this battle.

The image of ANZAC at Gallipoli to strategists of the time was a small arc on the coast.

Here is a sketch of Sir Ian Hamilton’s plan for capturing the Dardanelles. These are the Narrows and through this path lead to Constantinople. This whole area here had been mined and there were forts dotting the coast. The French were to land here. (Now I don’t know why we frequently leave the French out of discussions of Gallipoli but they played an important role.) The British were to take this area Cape Helles and the ANZACs were to land here and sweep across this easy terrain and seal off the peninsular. There was another landing up north comprising one man, Bernard Freyberg, who swam to Bulair and lit flares on the beach as a successful diversion.

Now I grew up believing this operation was such a bungle that they even landed us on the wrong beach. Well the British Navy of the time ruled the waves and prided itself on its ability to navigate and these were familiar waters. If you read the reports Hamilton was getting you see all this area, Sari Bair, was pitted with artillery covering that landing furthermore this area had been cut with trenches and barbed wire. There was only one place relatively sheltered and it was here at ANZAC cove.

Historians have said the wind and the currents must have carried them north but there weren’t any and if there were they would have dispersed them north in a general way. It was night, they couldn’t see each other and yet they all changed course simultaneously and went to this one spot. To me that means only one thing: they all had the same order. Hamilton was notorious for his secrecy. He changed the plan. He would rather have his men alive and on the wrong beach.

Mustapha Kemal the hero of the defense was not a general he was only a colonel who actually disobeyed battlefield orders and sent his regiment and then a whole division to defend ANZAC cove. He forced the ANZACs back into this small arc.

This small arc cut into the rugged terrain of hills and cliffs facing Chunak Bair and Koji Tepe, the crown of the Sari Bair heights.

So the ANZAC line was supported by high ground on each flank; on the right, Lone Pine, mostly in allied hands, and on the left Russel’s Top. Between them was Monash Gully the supply line to the entire position and constantly under fire from above. Russel’s Top on the left was undermined by the Turks holding Baby 700 and the Nek that connected them

The objective was to take the Sari Bair Ridge and both sides sent their young men to sacrifice in the age where the doctrine was mass and fire. The reality was the ANZACs had to win and press forward in a battle where each side was the same order of strength to the other but the New Zealanders and Australians had to assault the higher ground against entrenched positions.

Coarse volcanic sand, exactly 30 years latter would act as those rugged cliffs, advantaging the defender, slowing maneuver with an enemy above or an enemy below.

The Allies had more men and material but they were crammed into this little arc so at any point along this arc friend and foe were evenly matched. Just like Iwo Jima where the US had Air, Naval, men and material superiority but this was diminished by terrain and tactics.

The clear solution to this at Gallipoli was an invasion within an invasion and this is also precisely what happened at Okinawa 30 years latter at the Oroku peninsular, the last amphibious assault of WWII.

Hamilton invaded further north up the coast at Suvla Bay with three fresh divisions  hoping, in surprise, to sweep up to the heights, unhinge the Turkish right and join forces with ANZAC.

A good plan but it wasn’t carried out. There was confusion, delay, no rush for the heights, no early assaults, hesitation of command long enough for Colonel Mustapha Kemal to redeploy.

To offset this redeployment Hamilton had ordered diversionary assaults back at ANZAC. One of those was made infamous in the movie Gallipoli and featured the futile charges of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade at the Nek of Baby 700 but what is not commonly known were:  the assaults by the 1st Australian Brigade taking the impregnable Turkish trenches at Lone Pine with hand to hand fighting and, New Zealanders capturing the Key to the Narrows itself, Chunak Bair, which is not bad for a diversion.

The invasion at Suvla ended in the loss of life assaulting Scimitar Hill and Australian and New Zealander pitting human courage against machine gun fire at Hill 60.

 

The reality was very different to the image. The men of ANZAC lived like cave dwellers in nooks cut out of the cliffs, constantly exposed to enemy fire and plagued by flies and dysentery. The water had to be brought from the Greek Islands and dragged up impossible terrain under fire and this was how, above Monash Gully that my Grandfather became a casualty.

 

It was the second day Walter Schofield had lain alone in the open trench. The sniper’s bullet had passed straight through his leg.

The merciless Turkish sun baked the air above the rocky ground as shrapnel and a hail of lead buzzed along with the incessant flies and the cries of combat.

It was 1915 the Great War, “the war to end all wars”. My Grandfather was a young man from a young country and there at ANZAC cove in the Dardanelles he came ashore in the invasion force. The Turks knew they were coming and the naval artillery barrage had merely alerted the enemy. He and his compatriots walked ashore into a blizzard of lead as sheets of enfilade machine gun fire rained upon the disorganized ranks.

Yard by yard the ANZACs fought their way up the cliffs, their objective the highest ground and Chunak Bair. Through the summer the First World War horrors of trench warfare had claimed thousands of lives. Disease wracked both sides.

What does a young man who is sure he will live forever, think about when he comes face to face with his own mortality, when he has seen his friends fallen like flotsam on the water, when he is swept away by political forces much stronger than he? I do not know what Private Walter Schofield thought about as he lay wounded in that trench day after day. Perhaps he thought of the many things he would have liked to have done. The family he would have wanted, the girls he wished he knew.

What I do know is that an old man with an all-knowing look in his eye tried to tell me, his grandson and his age at the time, what it was like. The medals, bayonet, photographs, a Gurkha’s knife were all merely props in a screen play to powerful to tell.

The medals, bayonet, photographs, a Gurkha’s knife were all merely props in a screen play to powerful to tell.

The image of Gallipoli changed over the next generation into one of Victory in Defeat. At Gallipoli there was a tactical victory in the casualty free retreat. Throughout history a retreating or routing army suffers terrible loss. Had the Turks attacked during the withdrawal the entire army could have been destroyed.

Also I would like to remind everyone the overlooked fact that we did successfully withdraw but left our friends the British there. They were still there down at Helles and they were attacked.

So there is more to this image of Gallipoli than a tactical victory in defeat. The celebration of a defeat is, in my view, the most profound wisdom. Very little is ever learnt in victory. Everything you did was probably brilliant when you have success it is usually only in failure that you learn.

New Zealanders resolved never to repeat such horror and looked to strong International forces to ensure it.  Woodrow Wilson and the combatants sought to create a United Nations, International Institutions and strong International Law but failed and only a pale shadow, the League of Nations was born. In the first part of this Global war mostly soldiers were killed, in the second part, WW2, mostly civilians were killed. 

Gallipoli went from a nightmare to becoming a field of study. It became a lesson of what not to do in invasions across the Pacific. Even Eisenhower studied Gallipoli in preparation for D-day.

The same courage it took to throw themselves at the entrenched machine gun positions of WW1 the marines had to have at Iwo Jima.

UNCOMMON valor was a common virtue the memorial reads and now it is 73 years ago that thousands of young American men set out to take that strategically important island.

It was vital for an airfield in the vast expanse of the Pacific. In the hands of the allies it was one stepping stone closer to the end of the war and a base for the B29s.

The Japanese knew the marines were coming and the island had become a giant fortress of block houses, pillboxes and caves. Mount Surabachi was the highest point and was situated at the southern most tip of the island but there were other high points and a high plateau all through here.

General Smith in command of the attack force wanted at least 10 days of concentrated bombardment but could only be spared four. After only three days of naval bombardment on February 19th, the invasion began. Wave after wave of marines fell from the 5th Division, 3rd Division the 4th division along a 2 mile stretch of beach. I have painted in red the fields of fire raking the landings. No retreat or maneuver was possible in the black coarse volcanic sand. The marines could only fight or de. They were in the open and under fire by as many as 22,000 dug in troops.

The battle was to be called the “worst since Gettysburg.”

The 28th marines from the 5th division were called upon to swing south and take Mount Surabachi, the high ground overlooking and commanding the entire island.

 

Fields of Fire near Mount Surabachi, Iwo Jima

There were no front lines in the conventional sense because the Japanese were hidden, sometimes underground.

Twenty two thousand Japanese troops, prepared to fight to the death, resisted the marines. This was part of their homeland on that rocky ground rested the fate of their nation.

Through intense even hand to hand fighting, by day 5 of the invasion the peak was secured but by then on the island of Iwo jima more than 4,500 Americans had been killed or wounded.

 

It was 10 30 am, February 23rd, 1945 while a melee was still in progress the American flag was raised above Mount Surabachi. The flag was staffed by a length of iron pipe from a rain water cistern. Two thirds of the island was still enemy territory and losses would be terrible. This was before: the caves of Bloody Gorge, the Meat Grinder, Hill 382, Motoyama, Kitano Point, by the end of the battle the marines would suffer 26,000 casualties; that is more than the number of Japanese on the Island.

Whole battalions ceased to exist as losses were so great that units could no longer function. Of the 3,400 coming ashore with the 28th Regiment, 5th Marine Division, then Captain Haynes, who is with us today, recalls only 600 were standing when the battle closed.

News photographer for the associate press Joe Rosenthal had come ashore on the 22nd of February. Hearing the marines were already on the summit, he scaled the mountain in time to see those 6 struggling with the new, larger flag in the hard, rocky ground.

His picture became the most famous photograph of the war, with its dramatic composition, lighting and statement, of the faces of the marines hidden.

The 5 marines and a medical Corpsman were from left to right: Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Michael Strank, John Bradley, Rene Gagnon and Harlon Block. Only Hays and Gagnon would leave the island physically unhurt but would later die alcoholics. Sousley, Strank and Block were killed before even learning of their fame.

As an aside I was recently talking with then Corporal Joseph Persing, 3rd Marine Division, a veteran of Iwo Jima who is looking towards his death and burial at Arlington Cemetery. He told me that where you are buried is determined by your medals or a purple heart if you were wounded and he had not been wounded. He was concerned.

It seems to me no one left Iwo Jima unwounded from the experience.

The picture itself struck such a chord with the Country that this larger than life image became a breathtaking sculpture in Arlington by Felix De Weldon. 32 foot high figures forever thrust the flag into the sky as a nation pledges not to forget.

I have painted the sculpture close to the angle the photograph depicts. Six faceless figures struggle in perfect composition, with a task much greater than they, but each with an individual humanity and a personal experience.

The sculpture is framed by the perennial evergreen pine needles. A strong modeling light rakes through the trees and dapples the snow in bursts tracing a contrasting pattern. The base of the sculpture and the entire field is draped in a shroud. Not a grave black shroud but a white shroud of snow and light and in the background the city of Washington DC.

Iwo Jima is a tropical volcanic ash covered island but the painting depicts a cold 19th February, winter’s day. This is because the image does not change and because those men and all those there were truly “men for all seasons”.

Both of these conflicts are now icons to courage and valor. The Gallipoli campaign became ANZAC day, in a way, Australia and New Zealand’s Independence Day: The celebration of a defeat, a red poppy representing the blood of an entire lost generation. The Iwo Jima sculpture: valor, companionship and triumph.

The red stripes of the American flag is the only red used in the painting. Is it not ironical how seldom the color red finds its way into our memorials?

Thank you 

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THOSE LARGE, BEAUTIFUL CANVAS PRINTS...

Just keep getting larger and better.

One of the Schofield prints for the Northrop Grumman Corporation

JUST DISCOVERED.. a video of the unveiling and commemoration of the Congressional Medal of Honor Painting at the US Army Quartermaster Museum

“It illuminates the story of Private Watson in the sense we use it in our values training.

Here we have a vignette for each day of the 7 army values.

This particular one represents selfless service:

Courage, essentially honor,

Putting yourself ahead of anyone or anything to save another soldier or sailor’s life.

That is what this painting will illuminate for all the thousands of soldiers who come through here on a weekly basis.

This is where the collections are kept.

This is where the army keeps its values, basically”.

Dr. Luther Hanson

Curator US Army Quartermaster Museum

 WATCH: VIDEO, PAINTING, SPEECH, COMMEMORATION, DEDICATION HERE

Joel B. Hudson

Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army

"It is indeed an honor and a privilege to present to the Quartermaster

Museum this painting of the heroic actions of Private Watson.

This is the home of Private Watson now:

It is the home of his medal

The home of his deed

The home of his painting."

 

 

LAST CHANCE

... to view the Schofield Exhibition in Fairfax County, Virginia, an outlying county near Washington, D.C..

through January 2012

Address:

 King's Park Library

9000 Burke Lake Road
Burke, VA 22015-1683

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Attended a fundraiser for Computer Clubhouse New Zealand at the New Zealand Embassy Washington, D.C.

This is an excellent educational program that allows chidren access to the world of creativity and communication this computer age offers.

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Vietnam Wall Painting

Gary Schofield's striking painting was recently unveiled in November, 2011.

The painting features the lone honor guard, Brian S. King, standing in tribute at the dedication ceremony of the Vietnam Wall in November 1982, 29 years earlier, and captures the presence of a Washington D.C. memorial that means so much to so many people.


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The Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC

Benefit Gala & Awards Dinner

Sunday, October 23, 2011

5:30p-6:30p- Cocktail Reception
6:30p-9:00p - Dinner and Program

                                                     Where:

China Garden •
                                            Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH
Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

                                           Mistress of Ceremony:

                                   Kathy Park - ABC7 & News Channel 8

                                                    Awards:

The Honorable Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH - Hep B Super Hero Award

Dr. Sang Tran - 2011 Community Service Award

Dr. Mark Li - 2011  Community Service Award

Dr. Benson Yu - 2011 Community Service Award

Dr. James Suh - 2011 Community Service Award

Dr. Chan-Hing Ma Ho - 2011 Community Service Award



Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, D.C. (HBI-DC) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to provide Hepatitis B education, screenings and vaccinations to populations at risk, including Asian American, Pacific Islander and African communities.

One of the donated limited edition prints helping to raise money for this organization below:

Gary S. Schofield's  "The Canal, Georgetown"

1100 Wilson Blvd.
Rosslyn, VA 22209

New painting project

Watch a painting grow and develop in real time!

detail

September 11, 2011

Two large canvases depicting "The Pentagon Full Honors Ceremony" and "The Pentagon September 11th Painting" by Gary S. Schofield were on display at the Pentagon for the 10th Commemorative of 9-11.

The Pentagon September the 11th Painting

This painting was commissioned by the Department of Defense for the Pentagon and was completed before the first year commemoration. 

 

The large, original work of mixed media, oil, pastel on board, by Gary S. Schofield was unveiled at the Pentagon on September 11, 2002.

The painting is dedicated to all those touched by the tragic event.

This image speaks very much for itself and also references the standards and symbols of both ancient civilizations and the strength and future of the United States.  

The light rakes across this icon of unity, a golden medallion, and colors three of the flag's fifty stars with red. This is the only reference to the tragedy of that day as the painting is a testament to enduring strength and courage. Memories, painted in three dimensional chiaroscuro, are set as jewels into the Purple, the traditional color of power.

This courage is reflected by the selflessness and heroism of the day.

The United States flag, the Stars and Stripes, uncovers the rising eagle and forms its wings.

 

 

The Pentagon Full Honors Ceremony Painting

Each of the services of the Armed Forces of the United States, together with civilians, may wish to reflect upon The Pentagon Full Honors Ceremony painting during the 10th commemorative of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

 The image represents military and civilian alike all present at the Pentagon on that fateful day and their heroism and sacrifice, never to be forgotten.

Not only does the painting portray the dignity and honor in serving ones country, the Color Guard and Honor Guards of each of the services but also the County itself with its citizens and 56 flags of the States and Territories.

 

This image has been presented as a diplomatic symbol of alliance by successive Secretaries of Defense and it also represents centuries of military traditions and ideas.

 

Thousands of years ago, troops would form for battle in these lines. The king or leader would be there with his personal banner, held by his flag bearer or ensign. Most of the forces wouldhave a shield in their left hand and a weapon in their right so the king, had to trust the person he placed on his right. The right was the vulnerable side, the unshielded side. This has become the place of honor, and that is why The Stars and Stripes is seen to the right of all the other flags in the Color Guard.

 

 A few centuries passed and in the Roman period these formations, or cohorts, became more structured. In the chaos and confusion of battle a soldier knew his set distance from the standard and so could easily rally.

Behind the cohorts was the last line of defense for the Roman army, the triarii, the spear bearers, and, in a 2,000 year parallel, taking the same position in the ceremony are the Flag Bearers of the US States and Territories. 

 

In front of the cohorts, taking the ancient position of skirmishers, are the commanders of each of the Honor Guards. They are: the Army, the Marines, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard.

By the end of the Feudal period, the king or queen was becoming so powerful that they could maintain their own standing army. This, together with the flourishing of commerce, meant that nobles and landed gentry could raise forces for the king and present him with a bill for their maintenance. Of course, upon receiving the bill for his troops the king wanted to see them. The king did not want to see 750 or 860. He wanted to see each of his 1,000 bowmen, and so the Military Parade became established as a form of accountability.

All great leaders look for innovative tactics, strategies and formations. Frederick the Great had a sergeant, a very old rank, placed behind each regiment. Each sergeant would have a halberd, which was a long pike with an axe on the end and, as the front lines engaged the sergeants would link halberds. You can still see the sergeants in that position in the ceremony today.

To the right in the painting is the Colonial Fife and Drum Corps with uniforms dating from the Revolutionary War.  The very high pitch of the fife and the very low pitch of the drum allowed those sounds to travel further.  Sound communication had been vital on the battlefield for centuries. The importance of music and morale, however, is timeless and so the Army Band can be found in the front left of the painting.

Towards the Potomac three of four artillery pieces have fired. One kept in reserve. In the 18th Century to honor the President on the field one gun would fire for each State. This was fine when there were 13 States, but 13 became 25 and growing and so in 1841 it was decided that 21 guns would be an appropriate Presidential Salute.

We are all shaped by the past but this ceremony and image also represents the future and continuance. In that regard it is a beautiful work of art and light with detail showing the importance of each distinct individual.

 

 

June fundraiser at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the people of Christchurch still suffering from the devastating earthquake

The event raised thousands and was assisted by the donation of Schofield prints.

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The Honorable Mike Moore, Ambassador to the US and former Prime Minister, was also a contributor and acquired the Cherry Blossoms for the good cause.

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The Ambassador now shares the cherry blossom image with the government of Japan in the same way, sadly, as they are burdened by their own earthquake tragedy. This print was also an official gift from the United States to Defense Minister General Nishimoto of Japan.

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Ambassador Moore at the event

Embassy fundraiser

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Life size Maori Chief Bronze with full intricate Moko

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Perhaps we would find it easier to have the historical tattooed heads returned to New Zealand if the host countries would receive this work of fine art in exchange.

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Borders Books, Springfield Mall, Washington, D.C.

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The event was a complete success and showcased not only "Strikecom" but also "Future Vision" and "Welcome to New Zealand" a book for US school children....

A striking painting of "Rangitoto" and the orginial of the book cover "Western Civilization" were in plain view.

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This Saturday, 30th April 2011, Gary Schofield will be signing his prints, music and books at Borders Books, Springfield Mall, Washington DC.

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There will also be an exhibition of his important work there at the same
time, from 12 to 3 PM, which wil include originals, paintings of the US and
other countries and future book covers.
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Please keep a look out for Thomas Hart's latest thought provoking book "Strikecom" a novel with cover art by Gary Schofield; This book is out now...

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Gary S. Schofield's "The Arlington National Cemetery Painting" on display at the ANC Visitor Center

Link to CD and audio files     also free lesson guides available 

Holiday Music to enjoy from Schofield's 2 seasonal albums

Link to Video     Link to Audio Track Away into Summer

Link to Audio Track Riders On The Sleigh

Christmas in New Zealand Speech Delivered by Gary S. Schofield, Washington, D.C.

 I am from New Zealand and the word for New Zealand in Maori (the native language of the people who live there and have done so for 1000 years) is Aotearoa. Aotearoa means; “The Land of the Long White Cloud.” So you can see that even from the name and the words that are used to describe the land there is a link between the people and their spiritual and natural world.

More than 1,000 years ago legendary navigators, the most famous being Kupe, with the knowledge of the stars traveled in open canoes thousands of miles and settled New Zealand. Each tribe that came was named after the canoes that came ashore so there are tribes with names like: Tuhoe, Ngatiwhatua and Ngapuhi.

All this was handed down by word of mouth as Maori had no written language so theirs was a religion steeped in legendary tales that link mythology and the natural world. It was very like a form of Pantheism. Consider in the Southern Hemisphere at this time it is the middle of summer, a lovely time of the year and a time that has its own celebrations and worship.

In actual fact the Maori set their New Year not by midsummer, but by the rise of the jewel in the sky which is called the Pleiades. They are the beautiful seven stars or in Greek Mythology, the Seven Sisters.

That is a sight to see in the clear, clean, shining night sky of the South Pacific. You can see them from here too but of course, upside down. One thing I have learnt coming up from down under is that upside down is a relative term. I remember being struck by seeing the Man in the Moon for the first time. If you don't believe me stand on your head, look at the moon and you will see ... there is no Man in the Moon.

So the European settlers and the Maori intermingled their approach to Christmas with their own traditional ideas. If you were there now you may be invited to a Marae. A Marae is a meeting house of the Maori people. When you arrived there you would be greeted by a dance a challenge and form of Haka. I don't know if anybody here follows rugby but when the All Blacks play you will see a Haka. I am not performing the Haka but it is a very ferocious dance where the eyes glare and the tongue is poked out.

 It is a ceremony of peace that keeps war an option.

 Then there would follow the celebration and feast called a Hangi where they actually take your food and bury it. The food is buried with hot stones from the fire and it is steamed and delicious.The menu would include sweet potato pork or lamb. Incidentally the sweet potato is called Kumera and is the link between the Americas and New Zealand in an anthropological way. Nearly all of the evidence points to the Maori path across the pacific as being eastward from the Marquesas rather than westward from the Americas ... but then there is the Kumera. That spoils the theory as it is found in New Zealand and the Americas. This is what Thor Hyadal was doing with his Kontiki expedition: Trying to prove the journey to New Zealand could have been made from the Americas.

 According to Maori legend the ancestral homeland is Hawaiiki. This is not Hawaii but is probably an island among the Maquesas Islands.

 Now what would have been on the menu for your Hangi not too long ago, say 200 years, would have been Moa and dinosaur. The Moa was a relative of the Kiwi and is now extinct but was a huge flightless bird. It measured more than 6 feet high just to the shoulder. That is a big as Big Bird on Sesame Street! I know you have been told your whole life that dinosaurs are extinct but you have been misled. Dinosaurs are not quite extinct. Just to establish my credibility here even further I think I should mention that I grew up in a place called Hamilton which is near Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings. Now I know the Lord of the Rings is a movie but there is a living dinosaur like creature. It is called a Tuatara and at 200 million years old it even predates dinosaurs. It is found in New Zealand mostly in the South island and the Smithsonian will back me up.

 You see new Zealand was a land that had no mammals, the birds and reptiles filled the niches usually taken by mammals.. so there was something like a cow bird and predator parrots in a land of strange creatures. They were surrounded by ferns of the Triassic. Of course I grew up there so to me that was all very normal and dull. Being summer the most striking thing you would discover is that nobody is there!

It is the time for the holidays and they are very long. Most people who visit there from the Western World include you long suffering driven Americans worshiping your productivity. We try to explain that your life doesn't have to be like this. Having long holidays is essential for your soul; It is time for contemplation, for personal growth, for introspection. For evaluation of your life's dreams and direction. For seeing yourself as who you are without the protection of your profession. This can not be accomplished in the cacophony of a shopping spree. in North America and where we New Zealanders require a good 6 to 8 weeks.

Weaving as the Maori weave flax, their most used natural commodity , we have taken many European traditions. For example we have a mid-day meal; perfect for a winter's day, from the English. A Christmas roast lamb with mince pies, fresh green peas, mixed nuts and muscatelles (dried bunches of grapes) and for dessert we have Pavlova. Pavlova is a national dessert named after the Russian balerina. My memories of my own Christmas were at the beach house or batch with rainwater for our water supply, where we exchanged inexpensive presents. Christmas to me is my grandmother who lived to be 100 years old; and net fishing, in a fairly biblical way, in a place called Whangaparaoa.

The German tradition of the tree has found its way into the New Zealand Christmas. It comes from the ancient Germanic tree worshipers. The practical difference is that our artificial trees are only about 2 foot high.

 As a country we are modest about everything, especially our decorations. You wont find towns lit up and sparking because, as I said there is nobody there anyway. it is a land of only 4 million people, larger than California and they are all at the beach and sitting around the barbecue. We too have our own Christmas tree. It is called the Pohutukawa tree officially known as Metrosideros Excelsa. It is a very beautiful tree and it blossoms and bursts into a flame of colour at Christmas time and touches the hillsides and shorelines with the red blossoms of summer. In Maori belief the trees are touched with blood and departed souls leap from the branches of the tree into the entrance to the underworld. Our Christmas is outdoors and the natural world is unavoidable., but consider, should you think it a strange way and season to celebrate the birth of Christ, that you too have probably spent your lives celebrating the birth of Christ in the wrong season as well. In fact it is almost certain that it was rather warm for Jesus too. Shepherds were out at night with their flocks in the open fields so we know Jesus wasn't born during Bethlehem's winter.

 Here is the most striking thing to me about the difference between our two countries with Christmas in New Zealand. Here the year is born, it blossoms into spring and then it grows in strength and fullness into the abundance of summer. Slowly it starts to age with golden colours and falling leaves and then withers and dies and grows cold. The year is a living metaphor for life. It is wonderful but not where I come from. The year starts somewhere in the middle and ends somewhere in the middle. There is no closure. It is a land of timeless evergreens where the seasons are set by the stars.

Arlington National Cemetery Speech, 2010

Superintendent Metzler and dignitaries of many countries.

It is a great honor for me to be here in such a magnificent place that represents so very much that is American.

This is a place of sacrifice, a place of history and, just as profoundly, a place of the future. It is the future that is glimpsed in the faces of the generations of young people in their millions who enter here. The honor and dignity and solemn ceremony that lifts and separates us from our ordinary lives to the extraordinary lives of the presidents, generals and civilians who determined the course, not only of this great nation, but of nations around the world.

This place touches us with the sacrifice of young men and women who gave not only their mortality, but their immortality; their children never born.

When it is springtime in Arlington, as it is now, many countries remember the First World War with campaigns like Gallipoli, or the Somme where allied casualties alone were 50 000 … on the first day. Australia and New Zealand are very quiet places and after that war the losses were so great that there were entire rural towns and villages with no young men. A profound silence and in that quiet emptiness another generation grew to face the Second World War.

The United States shouldered those wars and since and this morning we are reminded of the profound loss of losing a spouse with the presence of the Gold Star Wives of America. The dignity and honor of this place is self evident and I am also proud to note the role this county’s militaryplays in equal opportunity and diversity, also well represented here today, and symbolized by the contribution of Captain Peter Mask leading the Honor Guard in this painting.

The arch is the arch of all military. It is the Arch of Titus on the Via Sacra of Rome back lit through the ages of history, the Arc de Triumph de l’Etoile, the Arch of Sabers and the Arch of McClellan. It is fitting within the grounds that were once his adversaries we say a word for McClellan; the general Robert E. Lee considered the Union’s finest of the Civil War.

McClellan was right. If a country is at war with itself the worst possible way of winning would be a war of attrition, but yet that is what happened. Through the filter of history we do not give McClellan credit. He was one of the only officers to have seen the lethality of modern weapons in the Crimean War. He urged the war be conducted, and I quote “upon the highest principles known to Christian Civilization” mindful that how military operations are conducted radically alters the politics of war. This is what Clausewitz meant by the escalation of violence. McClellan believed that siege, not battle was the key to the Civil War. Read the history a little closer; McClellan did not seek to be withdrawn from Richmond but was ordered over his protest and this after the Seven Days Battles and Peninsular Campaign which had cost the Confederacy dearly.

Hundreds of thousands of casualties, numerous battles and long war years later the Union ended up back in the same place. So reconsider McClellan: creating the army of the 1860s that we inherit to this very day and for his Post Bellum role in governance.

Finally I would ask that we just reflect for one moment on all the extraordinary lives remembered here in this place. Their great accomplishments may be elsewhere but they rest here. The ancient Egyptians believed that when they spoke of those they had lost or called their names, their dead would continue to live.

The remembrance, the light, the dignity and the generations of visitors to this hallowed place ensures all that are here continue to live in all of us.

Thank you, Gary S. Schofield