It was on the morning of June 14th, 2019, when I first became acquainted with the sculpture that I call here “The Marine”. The dedication of the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument was scheduled for Saturday, June 15, the following day.
The final installations were now underway.
Sculptor Chad Fisher had arrived with his team and a truck with the seven sculptures for the monument.
The bronzes were carefully unloaded and taken to the oval with a forklift.
Here “The Marine” is being brought in with Chad walking alongside, making sure that all are handled with the utmost care.
The mounting patterns were measured to allow the pedestals to be drilled to match each sculpture.
One by one the sculptures were lifted by crane and installed, the mounting rods carefully inserted into the holes filled with epoxy.
Final touches and then the sculptured were wrapped for the ceremony on the next day.
“The Marine” (second from left) and the other sculptured now awaited the unveiling at the dedication ceremony.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 was a bright and sunny day in Peachtree Corners. The crowd gathered, there were short speeches and the bronzes were unveiled.
“The Marine” stands on a pedestal inscribed with the words, “PROUD BUT WEARY MARINE – WORLD WAR II ERA”.
My own ode to “The Marine” is available for purchase so you may proudly display an image of American strength and dedication (click the image below).
.:. © 2019 Ludwig Keck