News Release

Contact: Delores Palmer, President/CEO WeWrite LLC 11040 Alba Road
Ben Lomond, CA 95005 (831) 336-3382
fax: (831) 336-8592


February 19, 2002: Springfield, Illinois:

What started as a way to say "thank you" to military personnel soon evolved into a growing campaign. Delores Palmer, of WeWrite Company, has a daughter on the USS Pearl Harbor and she wanted to show her appreciation for efforts of all military personnel. Giant, 9'X12' canvas letters and notes to troops seem to be a flexible, durable way for Americans to say what is in their hearts.

The idea soon spread, with Artists Troy Freeman, Norman Calmese, and Dan Moore beginning the project. They designed artwork for the center of several canvas pieces. The business community became excited and offered to showcase the evolving "letters" and to provide hanging spots for customers to work.

Staples provided markers, Lowe's provided canvas and wall space at their front door for customers to write, and WeWrite Company coordinated the project. Area schools are getting into the act, too. Students at Riverton Elementary School and Washington Middle School in Springfield are the first to fill some of the giant banners.

Videos of people signing the banners, created by Illinois National Guard, are planned to accompany each canvas, giving troops a taste of home and the people who are behind the messages. Six canvas banners will be sent to various military installations, with plans to continue the project nationwide.

The kick-off began at the Feathered Nest in January. Owner Linda Cribbett was delighted to provide wall space for the projects. "We have so many customers who want to do something for our troops. This is a great opportunity to let people send a message."

The public is invited to complete the banners, which will be displayed at Lowe's on Saturday, February 23 (1-3 pm).