|Project by KoryK||posted 01-15-2011 01:55 PM||2378 views||13 times favorited||17 comments|
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