A new monument (above) honoring all of those service personnel who have given their lives or have been wounded in action will be dedicated on March 8 at the front entrance of the Warrior Hope and Care Center on the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina. The organization Hope for The Warriors commissioned the creation of the monument.
The monument is the work of the acclaimed artist and sculptor John Phelps , a Vietnam veteran who received VVA’s Excellence in the Arts Award at the 2009 National Convention in Louisville. Phelps, whose son Chance was killed in action in Iraq in 2004, based the work on a photograph of two Marines, Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer, carrying fellow Marine Bradley Kasal to safety in Iraq.
“I am honored to work with Hope For The Warriors in creating this monument, ” Phelps said. “I express myself through my art and this monument is a labor of love for me. Love for not just my son but for my growing Marine Corps family.”
For more info, and to find out how to purchase bronze or resin miniature replicas of the sculpture, send an e-mail to email@example.com Proceeds from replica sales will support programs at the Warrior Hope and Care Center.