This was a surreal moment for most of us to be led into a US Embassy and Ambassador’s residence to a gathering of approximately 70 individuals from all over the world. Some of the individuals were from nonprofits serving people with disabilities, some were military, some represented other embassies.

The acting Deputy Chief of Missions, Kathy Guerra, opened the event. This was led by remarks from the Charge d’Affaires, Tim Richardson who is acting Ambassador while the Ambassador is away on a family emergency. Remarks were also made by Lori Kissinger, Borderless Arts TN Director.

Members of the Borderless Dance Community under the artistic direction of Jennifer James dance to a medley of “Soldier” (to show the solemness of war), which led into “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (connecting us to WWII) and finally “Humble and Kind” which brought us home in recognition of TN and also what we hope for all people to aspire to become.

A Quilt of Valor was presented to Colonel Dupont. The quilt was created by Borderless Arts participants under the artistic direction of Lauren Rudd. The quilt presentation was made by Lauren Rudd, Austin King, Erica McMurray and Torie Summers. The Colonel cried. It was a touching moment indeed.

Hope McKee presented an original piece of art of poppies to the Charge d’Affaires. Adam Body presented a pillow with the nose art to the Deputy Chief of Missions, Kathy Guerra.

There was plenty of opportunity before and after the presentations for discussions and sharing.

Thank you to the Borderless Arts Tennessee board who approved this project.

A huge thank you to several individuals (mostly board members) who provided funding support to make this incredible experience possible.

Robbie Ammons (Board member)
Tony Brown
Veronica Crook
Penley Produce Vacation Homes

Public Consulting Group
Robert Rhinehart
Alicia Stewart

We can never thank you enough!