Your donated Eagle will be handcrafted of Maine grown, eastern white pine, with the Eagle gilded in beautiful 23k gold leaf.
The Mission of Eagles for Veterans
The mission of Eagles for Veterans is very simple…we handcraft from eastern white pine large Eagles in the patriotic style of the famous 19th century Maine wood carver, John Haley Bellamy (b-1836/d-1914), and donate them free of any costs to Veteran Organizations in Maine and around the country.
We favor two different types of organizations, membership-focused groups such as the American Legion, VFW, and AMVETS…plus Veteran Support Nonprofits such as The Travis Mills Foundation in Manchester, ME.
Eagles for Veterans is a Maine nonprofit that today has one Artisan, our Founder James McCain, who can produce 6-7 of these Eagles per year. We would very much like to do more as there are at least 3,000 Veterans’ Posts around the country that would love to have a Maine centric Bellamy style Eagle on their meeting house wall.
These Eagles are a reminder of what is best about our country, and a salute to the sacrifice made by the members of our military and their families in serving the security needs of our country.
On our logo we make the statement that we should “Honor their Service”, and by this we mean to not only honor the Veteran, but also their families.
Interestingly, John Haley Bellamy thought of his Eagles with draped flags as a symbol that could promote the unification of the country after the Civil War.
Through donations we will be able to bring on two more skilled craftspeople; one to do the prep work on the raw wood blank, and the other to paint the flags and shield. The Founder will continue to handle the finish carving and gold gilding until the point arrives where our volume requires additional help.
Three skilled craftspeople plus James will then be able to produce 30 of these Eagles per year, all to be donated to our Veterans at no cost to them.
We offer two different Eagles to our Veterans to match up with their available wall space in the best manner possible.
One is an Eagle whose wings extend horizontally and is approx. 24″x73″ in size. In May 2022 we donated such an Eagle to the Bath/Phippsburg VFW.
The other is an Eagle whose wings extend vertically and is approx. 36”x48” in size. In June 2022 we donated such an Eagle to the Travis Mills Foundation. They sold this Eagle at their Silent Auction in September 2022 to provide additional funds for their important work, and we delivered a horizontal Eagle to hang on their wall in the new Wellness and Health Center in 2023.