Artist Susan Raymond Grant knew exactly what she wanted to create when she was commissioned to do the Fallen Warrior Monument at Fort Drum. She just wasn't sure if she would have enough time.
The monument was to honor soldiers from the base killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, something Grant holds very close to her heart.
She knew she wanted to do a massive piece of art which would include eight figures, seven of which are more than 7-feet tall. The second part being soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan, reaching back to a small boy who is reaching to them. She came up with this vision after a friend who was serving in Afghanistan had sent her pictures.
Grant, her friends and coworkers stayed up all day and night trying to complete the project, but Grant was still unsure it could be completed. The thought then occurred to her, the soldiers who were putting their lives on the line didn't get a break, so why should she?
"This is not about me," Grant explained. "This is about those families and people that loved the ones who didn't come home."
Watch the video above to see her spectacular $500,000 piece of art that was completed and delivered right on time.
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