U.S. Coast Guard Dedicates “Rescue Me” Painting at Hurricane Katrina Memorial Ceremony
New Orleans, La. – August 26, 2015 –To coincide with tenth anniversary memorial ceremonies marking Hurricane Katrina’s devastating assault on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the United States Coast Guard conducted a dedication ceremony for “Rescue Me,” a painting by Dale Fairbanks, artist and former resident of Louisiana.
The 10' x 14' oil on canvas painting features a U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter which served as an icon of hope and aided in the Coast Guard rescue of more than 33,500 Katrina survivors.
The ceremony was held Tuesday, August 25, at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans and was attended by representatives of the Coast Guard, the General Services Administration, and local dignitaries.
Rear Admiral David Callahan, Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, accepted the painting on behalf of the Coast Guard, “When I view this painting, I think of the sacrifice that all first responders must be prepared to make – to put themselves second in order to serve that others may live. In this room, I see those who gave so much in the face of great personal loss including active duty, reserve, civilian, and retired; this painting is for you. It will hang in the Hale Boggs Building in our headquarters, but truly it means so much more and belongs to so many more.”
“Rescue Me” is artist Dale Fairbanks’ expression of gratitude to U. S. Coast Guard members who never gave up and left no one behind. “I worked for two years on the big orange bird flying over the Ninth Ward and Industrial Canal. It's the most emotional painting I have ever done,” said Mrs. Fairbanks. “I am deeply honored that the United States Coast Guard has accepted ‘Rescue Me’ to commemorate the brave and determined men and women who saved so many lives.”
Limited edition giclée reproductions of “Rescue Me” are available here.