My friend and fellow Rotarian, Jerri Neddermeyer, posed outside Artworks in Eagan by this military sculpture titled, "Hero." Jerri works as the Director of Operations at ArtWorks and was recently selected as Eagan Foundations's 2019 Extraordinary Board member.
HERO, by former Marine Corps corporal Gene Piersa, was inspired by an image on the cover of "American Legion Magazine," May 2007. It depicts a "Field Cross," which is a rifle with the bayonet stuck into the ground. A helmet sits on top of the rifle butt and dog tags hand down in front along with the boats of the fallen HERO.
HERO recognizes the incredible sacrifice made by our young men and women who lost their lives in all current wars and conflicts. It further acknowledges the grieving hearts of those families who must now live with this loss.
Finally, it speaks to our nation as a family about the loss of what potentially might have been: the best and brightest individuals of our future.
Currently, the "Journeys from Military Service" exhibit of art pieces created by former military persons can be viewed at Artworks in Eagan.