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Moon’s “Our Painted Lady” Rolls Royce Joining NY Veterans Day Parade

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Ben Moon's "Our Painted Lady"

Artist Ben Moon and car collector Frank Marzano hope their “Our Painted Lady” Rolls Royce will support US veterans
Photo: Neil Tandy, used with permission

With Veterans Day nearing, it’s important we take time to appreciate the great men and women of this country who have given us the chance to pursue our own ambitions. We cannot neglect our duty, because these individuals bravely served for us, to find our own ways to serve them in return. Otherwise, we’ll lose sight of the heritage our nation has bestowed upon us.

New York mixed-medium artist Ben Moon has found his own creative way to pay tribute to veterans utilizing his skills.

Ben Moon’s “Our Painted Lady”–a custom hand-painted Rolls Royce–will be participating in 95th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade before being auctioned to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Ben Moon’s “Our Painted Lady” to Drive in the Veteran’s Day Parade before Being Auctioned for Charity

The origins of Ben Moon’s “Our Painted Lady” project began when the artist was approached by car collector Frank Marzano to jazz up his black 1985 Rolls Royce Silver Spur with artistic designs. Ben, who had studied in New Orleans and now resides in New York, gladly accepted the challenge.

The car was prepped with special “plastic dip” to avoid harming the original paint, and the result is an exquisite style that showcases Moon’s thoughtful iconography without undermining the innate Rolls Royce style.

Eventually, the collaboration turned into something more than just an artistic car, as Frank decided to offer “Our Painted Lady” to Ben’s fundraising work.

Ben Moon's "Our Painted Lady"

“Our Painted Lady” and its majestic black-and-white designs
Photo: Neil Tandy, used with permission

Since then, Moon’s “Our Painted Lady” has made appearances at upscale events like Americana Manhasset’s Concours D’Elegance and local parades like New York’s Village Halloween procession.

The art car’s next stop, and the most meaningful, is New York City’s 95th annual Veterans Day Parade. On November 11th, Ben and Frank Marzano will be riding “Our Painted Lady” in the procession while escorting Ben’s 96-year-old grandfather, Solomon “Sol” Linchytz. The decorated World War II veteran served as a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps Division of US Forces from 1945-1949.

Ben Moon's "Our Painted Lady"

The Rolls Royce hood ornament looks even more dynamic flanked by American flags
Photo: Neil Tandy, used with permission

“For as long as I can remember, my grandfather told me the most amazing stories about how he spent his 20s in the counterintelligence rounding up Nazis during WWII,” reflected Moon. “It always amazed me how his generation was called upon to take part in such monumental,  world changing tasks, and responded with honor.”

Beginning December 1st, Moon’s “Our Painted Lady” will be auctioned on Charitybuzz until bidding closes on December 12th, and 100% of the resulting proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“Although I’ll probably never battle Nazis,” Moon mused, “I’m so proud to use the talent that I’ve been blessed with to contribute in some small way to honor their incredible contribution.”

For information on Moon’s “Our Painted Lady,” visit its official website or Facebook page. If you would like to participate in the fundraiser, contact info@ourpaintedlady.com.

We here at The News Wheel express our gratitude to the selfless men and women who put their lives on the line for us, and to those like Ben Moon who remember the debt we all share.

Ben Moon's "Our Painted Lady"

“Our Painted Lady” is on the move to the NY Veteran’s Day Parade
Photo: Neil Tandy, used with permission

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    Aaron is unashamed to be a native Clevelander and the proud driver of a 1995 Saturn SC-2 (knock on wood). He gleefully utilizes his background in theater, literature, and communication to dramatically recite his own articles to nearby youth. Mr. Widmar happily resides in Dayton, Ohio with his magnificent wife, Vicki, but is often on the road with her exploring new destinations. Aaron has high aspirations for his writing career but often gets distracted pondering the profound nature of the human condition and forgets what he was writing... See more articles by Aaron.