The sculpture depicts the American bald eagle, protecting soldiers within its mighty wings.
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:
(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
The Saenz Group, Saenz Family
LSDI inc., Christopher Stone
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
Nancy JohnsonJoe & Sandi Frenzel
Guy & Sandy Moos
Paul & Laurie Steffes
Rich & Kayleen Wardner
Fred & Kathie Tooz
David Westrum & Ninetta Wandler Dann &
Tom & Vernetta Froehlich
Richard & Shirley Dukart
Stark Development Corporation