kneels, head bowed after honoring another soldier with Taps.
At the far end of a long reflecting pool, a young boy stands
holding the flag of his forefathers tucked under his arm as
he salutes the kneeling soldier.
The boy is life-size and the kneeling soldier is
8 feet tall.
When I designed the
negative edge pool and back foundation wall, I had no idea the premiere contactor for that type of pool was
located just miles from Temple. Lew Akins and the
staff of Ocean Quest Pools
did an outstanding job of bringing the design to life. It was a
perfect artistry partnership.
The idea behind the
design was to honor all soldiers of all wars. The white finish
represents the spirit of all soldiers past and future. Both
sculptures were made using
nine year old grandson, Kolt, was the model for the little boy and the
bugler wears the 1st Cavalry patch, my unit in Vietnam, now
headquartered out of nearby Fort Hood. The bugle is modeled after one of
the earliest bugles used.
The Install and Dedication
took place at night in order to preserve the integrity of
the unveiling. Lowering and attaching the sculpture to
the foundation wall was a challenge, to say the least, but
workers from the City of Temple and Ocean Quest Pools did a
The park was
dedicated on Memorial Day, 2003, and was one of the proudest
days of my career.
very often, during the sculpting process, I realized I had tears on my face.
I knew it would be an emotional project when I got the commission and I was
concerned about that part. The surprise for me was that in the end, it
was very healing." Mike