WWII veteran finishes sculptures to honor U.S. heroes

93-year-old retired Maj. Fredric Arnold has finished a life size, 12-figure clay sculpture titled "Lest We Forget: The Mission" honoring the 88,000 fallen American aviators who lost their lives in WWII. 9NEWS.com.

KUSA - On the 70th Anniversary of World War II - and almost 100 years after the first Veterans Day - 93-year-old retired Maj. Fredric Arnold has finished a life size, 12-figure clay sculpture titled "Lest We Forget: The Mission" honoring the 88,000 fallen American aviators who lost their lives in WWII.

Arnold, a member of the original Group of P-38 Fighter Pilots from the Class of 42-J, is a renowned artist and the monumental sculptures have taken him more than five years to complete. Inspired by memories of 12 comrades lost during the war, the sculptures will be loaned to The National WWII Museum where it will be displayed upon completion in bronze casting.

This is a project of a lifetime for Arnold, as he believes it's his personal responsibility to ensure that future generations understand the great sacrifice and selfless contributions his brave comrades made in the war.

With the number of WWII Veterans alive now - 70 years after the War - estimated to be around 855,000, this is a very important and sentimental monument for an aging demographic and their families. The sculpture's message is endorsed by retired Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, a WWII combat veteran and former national chairman of the WWII Memorial, along with three former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Gen. Colin Powell, Gen. Richard Myers and Gen. Peter Pace.

Learn more about the project here: LestWeForgetSculpture.org.

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