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Flag of Honor, We Shall Never Forget.

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Project by KoryK posted 01-15-2011 01:55 PM 2378 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dedication:

First and foremost, I would like to dedicate this piece to all of those affected by the attack of 9/11/2001. As this year is the ten year anniversary of this tragedy, I want the family members and friends of those victims to know, as stated on this flag, “We Shall Never Forget Them”. I would also like to dedicate this to all of the service men and women that have served or are currently serving in all military branches. Their dedication helps protect us against threats from abroad. Unfortunately some of these men and women will give the ultimate sacrifice. Others willingly forfeit years of their own lives and loose precious time with their families.

Story behind the flag:

Because I am a veteran of the first Gulf War, I believe that this flag is the most impressive part in this piece. In my mind, I don’t have the talent to do it justice. Michael, my son-in-law was stationed in Iraq for a year. While he was there he received this flag (As per my dedication I would like to state during the time of his deployment he missed most of my granddaughter’s 3rd year of life and has already been scheduled to deploy for another year to Afghanistan). The flag was sent to “any soldier” by someone in the Veterans Administration and Michael was the one who had the honor of receiving it. This flag contains the names of ALL 2,752 victims who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority. This also includes the 125 people that were killed at the Pentagon and the 243 people that lost their lives on the planes used in the attack. Printed on the flag is this passage, “This flag contains the names of those killed in the attack of 9/11. Now and forever it will represent their immortality. We shall never forget them”. The Veterans Administration wanted pictures of this flag while it flew in a war zone. For those who have not served in the military, you would think this would be an easy task. Not true, there are multiple regulations that only allow certain flags to be flown on any military instillation especially in a war zone. Michael went through a paperwork hell to accomplish this request. After working through all the red tape, he finally got permission to fly the flag. He sent the pictures of the flying flag to the person at the Veterans Administration that had requested it and he was told, because of all his hard work he could keep the flag. When he returned from Iraq, Michael bestowed on me one the greatest honors of my life and presented me with the flag. As stated before, I don’t think that I could ever do this flag justice because of what it stands for (I’m not sure anyone could).

Please understand that I am not trying to make any political statements here. All I ask is for all of us to remember and to pray for the families and friends of those who lost their lives on 9/11. It’s especially relevant now during the tenth year anniversary of this tragedy. Everyone has the right to his/her own opinion. You may disagree or agree with the war, but in either case, PLEASE support our troops.

The making of the piece:

The intarsia piece is made out of blood wood, cocobolo, wenge, yellow heart, ash, walnut, and aspen (each star was made separately from a piece of aspen).

The case and frames were made from marble wood. I chose this wood because it reminded me of the strength and durability of our nation. I used spline joints made from walnut to securely join the pieces. The pictures inside the case are of the flag being flown and folded in Iraq. Please be kind and remember that I do mostly intarsia art and I am not as accustomed to joining angles as some you are. I’ve gained additional respect to those of you who have perfected this ability. It was much more difficult than I anticipated.

I also added Michael’s Army Commendation Medal for being under fire in a combat zone and the Iraq service coin.

Please note: For all you that have served in the military, the flag was folded correctly when I received it and I changed it to show some of the names of our fallen heroes.

Thanks for looking and I have more pictures of the flag being displayed in the war zone if anyone wants to see more. Just drop me a line and I will send them to you.

Kory (This piece was finished on 01/10/11)

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory





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DanSurveyor

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 02:53 PM

Thanks Kory. This is quite a story behind the piece. I thank you and your son in law for your service and pray that he will return safely from Afganistan. Nice job on the piece as well it looks perfect to me.

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 03:16 PM

Great piece, Kory. I am sure it will remain a treasured piece for your family. Give Michael a thanks from our family for his service to our country. He will be in our prayers for a safe return from his second deployment.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 03:23 PM

Kory, This is very hard for me to even look at because although I had just retired from the FDNY when this happened. I did go back to dig out my brother firefighters and cops. I did dig out one that i knew although it was to late, and lost so many others. This is a beautiful tribute to them and to peace and you should be proud of your self as I am for you. What you wrote is much better than I could say. Please thank your son and all the military with him for me. Without them we wouldn’t have the freedom we know today. You did a great job on the piece and it looks like its displayed proudly. I will be attending the 10th anniversary at ground zero this Sept. and will be thinking of this at that time. Thanks for the post.
Bob

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 04:39 PM

A wonderful piece of work and a touching story. Very meaningful – thank you.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 05:05 PM

Kory,I just finished a flag case to honor my father. Every one I see is beautiful and different but they all mean the same. You did a great job. Thanks for showing it.

-- Mike Fritz, Verona, NJ

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 05:11 PM

A very fitting tribute.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 05:57 PM

Thank your son for his service to his country for me. My youngest is now in the Marine reserve after two
tours of Iraq (Al Asad) and one of Afghanistan (Kandahar) and while it is nice not to wait for an unexpected
phone call from his commanding officer, you know that there are still too many men over there whose
families are waiting for their return. Will not comment on the rightness or wrongness of the war and how
it is conducted, but pray that we can end it without too much more death and maiming.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 06:13 PM

Beautiful!! Now tell LeAnne you are sending it to me.

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#9 posted 01-15-2011 06:18 PM

Micheal, LeAnne says hahahahahahahahaha

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#10 posted 01-15-2011 09:44 PM

First, thank you (and your son) for your service.

Second, thank you for sharing this great honor with us.

Last, I’ll bet you’d rather have this flag than a Medal of Honor!

D/Maj Paul Elshoff
E & K Scottish Reg’t. (ret)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#11 posted 01-15-2011 09:50 PM

Very nice piece Kory. Very touching tribute.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 03:52 AM

Kory, Welcome to LumberJocks. What a great first posting. You did a great job on the whole piece, thank you and thank your son in law for his service and all the rest of our troops.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 01-16-2011 05:43 PM

Well done!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#14 posted 01-16-2011 07:24 PM

A lot of love went into this , its obvious you have lots of heart. Great Job!!!!

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#15 posted 01-26-2011 04:16 AM

Wow, wow. wow. You did a awesome job on that memorial. It is beautiful. Your story touch my heart. Superb craftsmanship

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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