Building in honor of those who serve

On the National Mall in Washington, D.C., AmeriCorps members and military veterans joined forces for five days to construct seven house frames that will be shipped to surrounding communities and built out as Habitat for Humanity homes.
  • The Washington Monument is a stirring backdrop for Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build on the Mall in the nation's capital. On June 1, AmeriCorps members join military veterans to begin building seven house frames that will become homes for seven families.    ©Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • AmeriCorps members rally before getting down to work, building seven house frames that will be shipped to Habitat affiliates in metro D.C. to become homes for people in need of affordable housing.    © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • David Burja (right) and Marine Corps veteran Dave Guttman, construction leaders from Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, help raise an American flag over a completed house frame — one of seven being built June 1-5 on the National Mall. In addition to providing frames for seven new homes, the five-day Build on the Mall helps raise awareness about Habitat's Veterans Build and Repair Corps programs.    © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Neal Pointer, who is a Vietnam veteran, straightens the U.S. Army flag above one of seven house frames constructed June 1-5 on the National Mall.    © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • Flags from each branch of the U.S. military fly atop a newly framed Habitat home. The seven house frames built June 1-5 on the National Mall represent all the military branches, plus National Service programs including AmeriCorps.    © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • Air Force veteran Regina Best, an AmeriCorps member from Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity in Texas, salutes the Air Force flag after raising it proudly over a house frame built on the National Mall.  © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • On the third day of building on the National Mall, crew members raise walls in the shadow of the Washington Monument. The 555-foot marble icon is undergoing repairs for damage from a 2011 earthquake.    © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio talks with AmeriCorps member A.J. Mannarino on the build site. Throughout the week, legislative leaders stopped by to show support for the 2013 Veterans Build on the Mall.    © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida visits with AmeriCorps member Kiersten Kelley of Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C.    © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • The Color Guard marks the end of the build week at closing ceremonies. One of the goals of the Build on the Mall is to help raise awareness about Habitat's Veterans Build and Repair Corps programs.    © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
  • At night, the build site at the foot of the iconic Washington Monument is a dramatically lit tribute to all those who serve.    © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein