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Lafayette in Tippecanoe County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Iraq War Memorial

 

—“ Most Precious Offering “ —

 
Full View - - Iraq War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
1. Full View - - Iraq War Memorial Marker
Inscription. ( Individual Plaques - Left to Right )
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 and now, for the sake of other, must let him go. In the final goodbye, the parents exhibit purpose and unspeakable selflessness.
The infant is portrayed as vulnerable and yet secure in
First Tier - Left Plaque - - " SPC Luke P. Frist " image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
2. First Tier - Left Plaque - - " SPC Luke P. Frist "
(See above for text.)
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
 
Location. 40° 25.149′ N, 86° 53.774′ W. Marker is in Lafayette, Indiana, in Tippecanoe County. Marker is at the intersection of North 2nd Street and Main Street, on the left when traveling north on North 2nd Street. Touch for map. Located on the South (left - upper level) end of the "Big Four" Train Depot in Lafayette, Indiana. Marker is in this post office area: Lafayette IN 47901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Big Four Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Purple Heart Memorial
First Tier - Right Plaque - - " Marine Cpl. Bryan Scott Wilson " image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
3. First Tier - Right Plaque - - " Marine Cpl. Bryan Scott Wilson "
(See above for text.)
(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); General Lafayette - Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lafayette.
 
Categories. War, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, 2nd Iraq
 
Second Tier - Left Plaque - - " Army Spc. Matthew C. Frantz " image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
4. Second Tier - Left Plaque - - " Army Spc. Matthew C. Frantz "
(See above for text.)
Second Tier - Right Plaque - - " Army Cpl. Nathaniel S. Baughman " image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
5. Second Tier - Right Plaque - - " Army Cpl. Nathaniel S. Baughman "
(See above for text.)
Third Tier - Left Plaque - - " Army Cpl. Cody Putman " image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
6. Third Tier - Left Plaque - - " Army Cpl. Cody Putman "
(See above for text.)
Third Tier - Right Plaque - - " Sgt. Andrew R. Weiss " image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
7. Third Tier - Right Plaque - - " Sgt. Andrew R. Weiss "
(See above for text.)
Wide View - - Iraq War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
8. Wide View - - Iraq War Memorial Marker
The Iraqi War Memorial is to the right in this photo.
Artist Plaque - - " Most Precious Offering " - by: Saundra Whiddon image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
9. Artist Plaque - - " Most Precious Offering " - by: Saundra Whiddon
(See above for text.)
((More Read-able)) Artist Plaque - - " Most Precious Offering " - by: Saundra Whiddon image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
10. ((More Read-able)) Artist Plaque - - " Most Precious Offering " - by: Saundra Whiddon
Sun glare - made it difficult to photograph this plaque so it can be easly read. (See above for text.)
Statue - - " Most Precious Offering " - by: Saundra Whiddon image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
11. Statue - - " Most Precious Offering " - by: Saundra Whiddon
From Above - Limited View - - " Most Precious Offering " Baby image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Carly C. Kindig, August 22, 2010
12. From Above - Limited View - - " Most Precious Offering " Baby
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,468 times since then and 31 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.
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