America250, the nationwide commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026 led by the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, is issuing a public call for photos, videos, and stories celebrating U.S. active-duty military service members, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans for its second “November Salute” in recognition of military service members. Submitted images will be used to create a photo mosaic art installation to be publicly displayed in commemoration of Veterans Day this November.
“Honoring and remembering the millions who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedom is a key pillar of our work leading up to 2026,” said Anna Laymon, vice president of programs and planning at the America250 Foundation. “November Salute gives Americans across the country the opportunity to recognize and thank the heroes in their life, as well as explore the stories of others who have served their country and played a pivotal role in defending our democracy.”
On Sept. 15 through Oct. 20, Americans everywhere are encouraged to submit their photos, videos, and stories on the November Salute page of the America250 website. The resulting photo mosaic will comprise thousands of images, including more than 700 photos from the 2020 November Salute, which featured military service members and veterans in an online “Gallery of Salutes.” In addition to a public display, the 2021 mosaic will be available for viewing through an interactive online gallery where the community can explore and learn more about the photos and stories within the artwork.
The mosaic will be created by The People’s Picture, a female-led photography and design studio that aims to use digital storytelling to bring communities together to create, celebrate, and own their unique legacy.
America250 is a multi-year effort to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the United States. The purpose of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, created by Congress, and the corresponding America250 Foundation, is to catalyze a more perfect union by designing and leading a comprehensive and inclusive celebration. America250 represents a coalition of public and private partners all working to create initiatives and programs that honor our first 250 years and inspire Americans to imagine our next 250.Read comments