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Shared Sacrifice (2006)

by: Michael McNees & Rob Servian (1949-2010) , Melbourne, Florida

Let not the borders of your birth define you, but what you do with your culture that represents you.

quote by: Miguel N., 12th Grade, Southeast High School, Bradenton, Florida

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, Past Sarasota City Manager