On August 24, 1944, 2nd Lt. Jerome James Zeirlien of Baytown, Texas, gave his life to save Cramoisy, France, a village of 500 souls in the Oise region of Northern France.
When Texas born, French American artist, Monte Laster moved to the village in 2017, he was startled to find out about this story of ultimate sacrifice.
The artist, in collaboration with the non-profits FACE USA & FACE FRANCE have created a body of collaborative artworks entitled "Santo Project"
Santo includes film, performances, educational program as well as a fundraising campaign for the historical renovation of the 12th century church saved by the World World II Pilot. The first events in the U.S. will take place summer 2023 in north central Texas.
All donations are tax deductible in their respective countries and will directly fund the artworks, events and the historical renovation in honor of the 80th anniversary of the pilot's sacrifice.
For more information: SANTO PROJECT