Soaring was the first memorial Mission 22 created. The impressive twenty-two foot tall installation contains twenty-two steel leaves. This repeated number represents the number of Veterans lost every day to suicide at the time we built the memorial. The piece is located in Nashville, Indiana, an area known for its beautiful fall leaves and a tourist destination for the artist colony tucked in the hills of Southern Indiana.
Before building the piece, the town was looking for a large-scale art installation for the center of town that represented their community. The Mission 22 team worked with the town over the course of a year, with Veterans and civilians side-by-side, to create the artwork before dedicating it in 2014.
To this day, Soaring creates social impact for Veterans’ issues to the over three million tourists that visit the area each year. A plaque at the base shows viewers how they can support and get involved with Mission 22.