Bronze Memorial: Police Reflections of July 7th
On July 7, 2016, the nation suffered its greatest loss of law enforcement life during a single-incident since the 9/11 tragedy in New York City. In Dallas, Texas, five police officers were shot and killed in an act of domestic terrorism. The painful impact of this tragedy rippled across the nation, resulting in thousands – police officers and civilians alike, mourning the loss of the five "fallen" officers. In the aftermath of the attack, several police officers throughout the United States recounted stories of their emotions and how they embraced their own families after learning of the Dallas tragedy. Many of the police officers described going home and hugging their families tighter in reflecting of the tremendous loss. This statue is being designed as a physical representation of the experiences and emotions held by police officers across the country in the wake of Dallas attack. The statue's iconic size (10 feet) is intended to signify the momentous impact of the July 7th tragedy on the nation and its bronze coating is symbolic of the unbreakable will of other police officers to continue to subsequent to the attack.
This larger-than-life bronze sculpture is intended to honor the service and sacrifice of all "fallen" officers and will serve as a memorial for American citizens to always remember 7/7/16 and the brave officers who laid down their lives defending their community.
Renowned artist, Austin Weishel, is dedicated to building this hand-sculptured memorial to honor of the fallen officers. The sculpture's meticulous body positions and dramatic facial expressions will be carefully scored to show the real-life behaviors and emotions experienced by police officers in the wake of similar crises.
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By Kevin Cokely
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Some Dallas police officers want to create a lasting memorial to the five officers who were shot and killed in an ambush last summer.
"This was the greatest loss of law enforcement life in a single incident since 9/11," said Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, president of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.
"The same reverence that we show on 9/11 for those fallen officers that lost their lives there, we'd love to do that here in Dallas," Pennie added.