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Bronze sculpture, the "Guardians,” honoring those who serve, donated to the DoD for permanent display in Mark Center Conference Center

By WHS Plans and Programs Office | Washington Headquarters Services | November 01, 2019

Pentagon, VA --

The sculpture depicts the American bald eagle, protecting soldiers within its mighty wings. 

Sculptor, Mrs Linda Little and Mr. Albert Jones, OSD Historical Exhibit Program Manager.
Sculptor, Mrs Linda Little and Mr. Albert Jones, OSD Historical Exhibit Program Manager.
Sculptor, Mrs Linda Little and Mr. Albert Jones, OSD Historical Exhibit Program Manager.
Sculptor, Mrs Linda Little and Mr. Albert Jones, OSD Historical Exhibit Program Manager.
Sculptor, Mrs Linda Little and Mr. Albert Jones, OSD Historical Exhibit Program Manager.
Photo By: Protean Gibril
VIRIN: 191101-D-PH265-1234

Sculptor, Linda Little, of Dickinson, ND, explains that she was inspired by the spirit of God, while praying for America and the men and women who protect her, to create Guardians in honor of those who serve and sacrifice in defense of freedom and the nation.

A number of Mrs. Little's friends and acquaintances expressed a desire to help financially. It's been unbelievable;' she said. Little wasn't always a professional sculptor. She experienced a traumatic head injury in a Colorado car accident in 1996 and was in rehab for 18 months. She prayed the Lord would teach her a new career that requires the use of her hands instead of her brain. Hence, she was one of eight students accepted to study with master sculptor Valentin Okorokov. Mrs. Little has since developed a successful sculpting career in Dickinson.

Examples of her bronze sculptures may be seen at Edgewood Hawks Point Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in Dickinson (two bronzed eagles) and Veterans Memorial (the soldier). With completion of Guardians, and the intention to honor those who serve, Ms. Little submitted a packet of information about the sculpture to a staffer at the Arlington Cemetery. As a result, Mrs. Little received a call with the message:"Linda, your packet was sitting on my desk and an official from the Pentagon happened to see it and said, 'That belongs in the Pentagon:' Within a number of weeks, five threads of people agreed they could accept the gift valued at approximately $38,000. The sculpture is 33 inches in height, 33 inches wide, and 19 inches in depth.

OSD historical exhibit's program manager, Mr. Al Jones, of  WHS/ESD OSD Graphics and Presentations Division, was contacted about the Guardians' donation.Mr. Jones  agreed that the sculpture would be a nice addition to the OSD historical artifacts collection, and, that it would an ideal work of art for the Mark Center's on-going military artifacts collection. Mr. Jones contacted Mark Center's WHS FSD management, Mr. Mark Simms and Mr. Timothy Magalis, who also agreed that the sculpture would be a very nice addition the Mark Center's OSD artifacts program.

The Description and Donor's Plaque Reads:

"GUARDIANS"
(One Mighty Strength with Justice for All)

DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO SERVE

The Great American Bald Eagle displays through through her massive wings, soldiers clustered steadfast. Protecting them on every side, she exhibits mighty strength and power.

Sculptor: Linda Little
Donors: Linda and Parke Little


Encasement Donation:

The Saenz Group, Saenz Family

LSDI inc., Christopher Stone

Sponsors:

Kaye Nelson

Stark County Veterans Memorial Association

James & Ellen Baumgartner

Warren & Kimm Sickler

Loren & Phyllis Sackman

Jonathan & Jody Sackman

Wayne Hecker & BJ Kadrmas

Robert & JoAnn Canrwell

Roger & Linda Brew

Robert & Janette Angerer

June Haller

Nancy JohnsonJoe & Sandi Frenzel

Guy & Sandy Moos

Paul & Laurie Steffes

Rich & Kayleen Wardner

Fred & Kathie Tooz

David Westrum & Ninetta Wandler Dann &

Debra Greenwood

Tom & Vernetta Froehlich

Jason Froehlich

Richard & Shirley Dukart

Stark Development Corporation