About The Sculptures
Dennis Smith, Artist
Here is some background information concerning the art in the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden
THE WHY GROUP
After all the deeds are done and the soldier goes back home, sits alone in front of a warm fire on a cold night having time to think his own thoughts, he may ask himself a few questions. "Why me?" "Why not me?" "why him and not me?" "Why war?" "why not war?" The WHY questions are endless.
THE GREATEST GENERATION
This statue is for all those who have been wrongfully locked up. Imagine confinement, mosquitoes, leeches, rats, rotten rice, rotten fish, abusive guards, and little chance of survival. Hope is reaching for the will to "Hang On!"
THE FLUTE PLAYER
For me a flute symbolizes peace and tranquility. The female figures are in attitudes which show the freedom that peace can bring. The reclining figure is my way of saying, "Relax, but remain vigilant."
THOSE LEFT BEHIND
Who can repay those who have lost loved ones in combat? What on this earth can compensate for the loss of life? The American Flag symbolized many things-- none more poignantly than this final gesture.
THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR
There must be those who, loving peace, will fight against aggression to preserve that peace. There is no contradiction in this. As long as such warriors are needed "The Peaceful Warrior" honors those who step forward when asked to do so.
THE KOREAN WAR VETERAN MONUMENT
While Vietnam Memorials were popping up like mushrooms in the mountains after an August thunderstorm, who remembered the Korean Vets? We did.
This one's for you, my spiritual UNCLES-SEMPER FI!
God love them.....They saved a lot of lives!
There are some things about which one should either say a great deal, or nothing at all. "Coming Home" is very special to me, and I can speak a great deal about it. It is not uncommon for Veterans to feel a lot of emotional pain upon returning home. In this regard I am no different from any other retired warrior. I feel more fortunate than most because sculpture is a positive way for me to deal with this pain. Being a part of the LMSG gave me an opportunity to speak in a good way. I feel as if this expression is a giant leap forward in the process of "repairing my soul."
HOT LZ MEMORIAL WALL
ABOUT THE SCULPTOR
This sculpture was brought to life by the dreams of Jim Leach and the gifted hands of Dennis Smith. The "Hot LZ Memorial Wall" figures take on different personal meaning for each individual touched by war. As a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War Jim Leach will always remember the "Hot LZ's." The "Memorial Wall" is graced by "HOT LZ" and one of our best pilots, Ace Cozalio. It is a place for remembering the 2,188 helicopter pilots who died in Vietnam. They will never be forgotten. All veterans will be honored to have their name placed on this wall. Please contact: LMSG, P.O. Box 301, Weed, CA 96094 or call (530) 938-2218 or (530) 842-2477 for further information.
The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden is located on Hwy 97, one mile north of A12 (west side) in Siskiyou County, California.
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION INFORMATION
Please send a
check/money order to:
MEMORIAL WALL APPLICATION
For the Log:
Attach a short service history and a copy of DD214 (The Official Military Discharge Paper), if available. Include a check/money order for $100 and return to the address here:
Please contact: LMSG, P.O. Box 301, Weed, CA 96094 or call (530) 938-2218 or (530) 842-2477 for information.
DISCLAIMER: The creator of this web site (Frank Magallanes) is not affiliated with the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden. This web site was created by Frank to honor the men (Jim Leach and the gifted hands of Dennis Smith) who created the sculptures. And to the men/women who served in our Nation's battles. A labor of love to them all. Comments and questions about this web site design should be directed to Frank Magallanes.
USEFUL LINKS FOR VETERANS
A special thank you to Karen A. Dean (Portland) for her input and help.
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