Wounded Warrior Statue, Courtesy: Hope for The Warriors
Camp Lejeune, NC-- Friday, a monument will be unveiled at the entrance of the Warrior Hope and Care Center aboard the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune.
Hope For The Warriors commissioned the creation of the monument as tribute to all wounded and fallen service members.
According to a news release from Hope for the Warriors, the monument is based on the iconic photograph titled Hell House, captured by acclaimed combat photographer Lucian Read. It states that as battle raged, (then) 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal, USMC, risked his life for the lives of his Marines. Kasal pushed through enemy fire to shield a wounded Marine from a grenade explosion. The photograph depicts Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer, both Lance Corporals in the Marine Corps, carrying a bloody Kasal out of the house to safety.
The sculpture was created by artist John Phelps, a man who understands firsthand the weight of war. His son, LCpl. Chance Phelps, USMC, was killed in action in April 2004.
The HBO movie, Taking Chance chronicled the journey of the Marine escort who brought LCpl. Phelps home. Since the loss of his son, Phelps has become an advocate for wounded warriors and for other Gold Star families. He is heavily involved with both Hope For The Warriors® as an Ambassador of Hope and coordinator for the Outdoor Adventures Program. "I am honored to work with Hope For The Warriors in creating this monument," Phelps, a Vietnam Veteran 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." The sculpture is approximately 10 feet tall and 13 feet wide and mounted on a pedestal.
The monument Phelps constructed honors those wounded in the line of duty. It represents the ultimate price of battle, and the spirit of brotherhood and dedication known by service members and their families. Another monument will be placed in front of the Warrior Hope and Care Center aboard Camp Pendleton in California at the end of March.
To learn more click on Hope For Warriors.