A Gilbert High School student’s drawing of a soldier preparing for combat is striking a chord among veterans.
The image by Ethan Oswald showing a solder in combat gear kneeling in what could be meditation, prayer or rest, enveloped by the American flag.
“It shows him getting ready for what’s ahead,” he said.
Oswald, a 16-year-old sophomore, drew it originally for display at the State Fair after studying military images on the Internet.
But it didn’t make the cut among submissions by Lexington 1 students.
It made the grade with his father, a retired veteran.
“It really represents the mood of a soldier,” said his father, Batesburg-Leesville Police Chief Wallace Oswald. “He caught it the way it is.”
The picture hangs in the office of the senior Oswald, a former South Carolina National Guard member who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.