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Shared Sacrifice

by: Michael McNees & Rob Servian, Sarasota, FL

Tyrone is poor and uneducated. His speech and civilian clothes reveal his humble origins. He has none of my inherited advantages. Yet he is a better soldier than I will ever be. Tyrone has over come his circumstances with patience and concentration. How deeply I admire and respect him!

quote by: Richard J. Jackson, Retired Manatee County Educator

Artist Statement

The photograph was inspired by the power of the location, the American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. I had long wanted to visit there, and in my mind's eye had seen the perfectly aligned rows of white crosses, as I've seen in many pictures. But, of course, not all of the markers were crosses, and as obvious as this simple fact is in hindsight, the initial impact of this visual was enormous. The stories of brotherhood and sacrifice surrounding this hallowed site have been told in many ways. This image captured that spirit for me." - Michael McNees, Sarasota City Manager