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Pic Of The Day #1738

What is this? A sculpture by Staples High School graduate Kelly Spearen, on the front yard of Carl and Joann Swanson’s home off North Avenue.

“06880” Salutes Our Veterans

“This is a special day in our house,” says Staples High School graduate, longtime Westporter — and Vietnam veteran — Carl Addison Swanson.

It should be a special day for every American.

It’s not. For many, it’s just another day at work or school.

To remind us of the importance of Veterans Day, Swanson shared a few photos with “06880.”

They span various years, and different branches of the US military.

They show Westporters, and other veterans Swanson knows and admires.

Look carefully at their faces. Wonder about their stories. Appreciate their service.

Most importantly, thank a veteran for his or her service today.

And every day.

12-year-old Kelly Spearen (right), with his father. After graduating from Staples High School, Kelly served a helicopter tour in Vietnam.

Col. John Glenn — a family friend of Carl Addison Swanson and his wife Joann — after orbiting the earth 3 times.

Marine Lt. Gen. Thomas H. Miller — Carl Addison Swanson’s father-in-law — in 1960.

You Can Have Abe Lincoln On Your Lawn

For as long as he can remember, Kelly Spearen loved working with his hands.

During his years at Bedford Junior High and Staples High School, he spent time with carpenters. He was accepted to helicopter and airborne Ranger school. In 1975 he joined Westport Center Service, and as general manager built its automotive department from scratch.

In the 1980s he got into metalworking. His wrought-iron hardware pieces were bought by L.L. Bean and Stew Leonard’s.

Spearen then created bigger sculptures. A private customer bought his 22-foot Eiffel Tower. Another purchased a giant question mark. With the advent of Facebook, he was able to find customers as far away as California and Germany.

Kelly Spearen's "Eiffel Tower" now sits on a private residence, along the Saugatuck River.

Kelly Spearen’s “Eiffel Tower” now sits on a private residence, along the Saugatuck River.

But the hands that have brought him so far now betray him. Rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia have made it tough to work on large pieces — hard, sometimes, even to get to his well-equipped studio here in Westport. He’s in a ton of pain, and it can take 4 hours to get going in the morning. But he does not complain.

Kelly Spearen, in his home studio.

Kelly Spearen, in his home studio.

So, as Spearen concentrates on smaller sculptures, he’s selling off his biggest ones. Search for “Dr Funky Metal” on Facebook to see what’s available, or call 203-429-4230.

Then just figure out where and how to get your new sculpture on your lawn.

"Abe," by Kelly Spearen.

“Abe,” by Kelly Spearen.

Kelly Spearen calls this "Asian style."

Kelly Spearen calls this sculpture “Asian style.”