My name is Emmet Broderick and I am a graphic artist who grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. It seemed that from a young age I was destined to find my way into a career as an artist as I was drawing for as far back as I can remember, when I wasn’t playing baseball, of course! My father was a Korean War veteran who never spoke of his experiences in the war. My grandfather who served in the Marine Corps with the Fifth Regiment out of Quantico, Virginia during World War 1 was a grenade thrower or “bomber” as they called him. He was in the last three big battles of the war at St. Mihiel, Champagne and the Battle of the Argonne Forest. Grandpa also played baseball, which it seems was in my cards as well… as a graphic designer, not a player. I have been a designer for 35 years, 20 of which has been in professional baseball.
I came to the Lone Survivor Foundation through a program we were doing at the baseball organization I work for to honor what we called “Hometown Heroes”. On certain night games we would honor someone on the field from the military, past or present. It was my honor to escort these amazing individuals down to the field to be recognized by the crowd. I came to meet people from all walks of military history. From D-Day veterans to Iraq War veterans and one Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. This experience had an amazing effect on me. I wanted to find a way to give back in my own way. I did some research on the Lone Survivor Foundation and after reading the book Lone Survivor, I really wanted to help. I reached out and volunteered my skills as a graphic designer for anything they needed – Logos, printed materials, signage, event graphics, anything they needed. It is a way that I know I am giving the best of what I can do to the Foundation.
After two years, the best part of being with the Lone Survivor Foundation is the most amazing dedicated people I’ve met and knowing that the little part I do is helping bring awareness to the many veterans that the Lone Survivor Foundation assists.
I’ve always liked this quote from Robert Louis Stevenson.
“That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. Who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had”.
In part I hope that I’ve done that.