E-RFD: A Soldier in Iraq
(sent to us by KB7RGX)
This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the
4th Infantry diivision. It will eventually be shipped home and
put in the memorial museum in Fort hood, TX. The
statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was
forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of
Saddam that dotted Baghdad. Kalat was so grateful for the
American liberation of his country that he melted three heads of the
fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to American soldiers
both living and fallen..
He worked on this memorial night and day for several months. To
the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the
soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms.
How strange that this work of art has not been celebrated in our
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