I suggested that I thought I had a better idea. I described this sculpture. The title, “Tears From a Grateful Heart” presents the story of a modern day soldier, kneeling in honor of those who have fought before him. A small tear can be seen from his eyes. I told the older veterans, “He is kneeling in honor of you. There are battles you fought that he will not have to fight and he is grateful.”
World War II
After 9/11, the design has changed. As Derek Smith’s interview explains, “The ‘Tears’ soldier pauses to reflect on the sacrifices of previous generations of American soldiers. He has a tear falling from his left eye, and his watch is stopped at 9:11 in a subtle reference to the nation’s war on terror. In his right hand is an M-4 rifle, while his left hand is clinched around his gloves in a display of resolve.”
I was approached by a group of WWII veterans who wanted to erect a small bronze plaque on the campus of their college. They wanted to recognize all of the WWII vets that attended the school after the war ended.