Lafayette in Tippecanoe County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Iraq War Memorial
— " Most Precious Offering " —
SPC Luke P. Frist 209th Quartermaster Co., Lafayette, IN United States Army Reserve January 5, 2004, Ar Ramadi, Iraq
Marine Cpl. Bryan Scott Wilson 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment 1st Marine Div. 1st Marine Exp. Force Dec. 1, 2004, Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Army Spc. Matthew C. Frantz 1st Special Troops Battalion 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division MI January 20, 2006, Huwijah, Iraq
Army Cpl. Nathaniel S. Baughman 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment 3rd Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division July 17, 2006, Bayji, Iraq
Army Cpl. Cody Putman 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division, 40th Cavalry Regiment April 12, 2007, Baghdad, Iraq
Sgt. Andrew R. Weiss 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division May 3, 2007, Baghdad, Iraq
( Art-work Plaque )
“ Most Precious Offering “ © 2006
Created by artist, Saundra Whiddon, to honor the courage and sacrifice of all parents who from infancy held and nurtured the soldier
The infant is portrayed as vulnerable and yet secure in the hands of his parents. He is swaddled in the American Flag. The hand of his father lifts him up with great determination and purpose; using his strength to hold the head of the infant securely for the entire journey. The mother’s hand, by contrast, forms a nurturing pose as she reluctantly and slowly lifts her child toward the heavens. The infant is simultaneously emitting a cry of victory and of separation with which the artist hopes to show the ambivalence even the bravest soldier feels when called to war. He clutches the American flag against his chest with one hand clinging to those things that are familiar. With the other hand, he raises his flag toward the Creator showing the courage that soldiers exhibit when they dare to reach higher than others! © 2006
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm • War, 2nd Iraq.
Location. 40° 25.149′ N, 86° 53.774′ W. Marker is in Lafayette, Indiana, in Tippecanoe County. Memorial is at the intersection of North 2nd Street and Main Street, on the left when traveling north on North 2nd Street. Located Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lafayette IN 47901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "World Split Asunder" (here, next to this marker); Big Four Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Purple Heart Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); John T. Myers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Purdue Block (about 500 feet away); The Tippecanoe County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); To Commemorate The Wabash and Erie Canal (about 700 feet away); Earl & Hatcher Block (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lafayette.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,672 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.