|"Most Precious Offering" - 2006|
Created by artist Saundra Whiddon, to honor the courage and sacrifice of all parents who from infancy held and nurtrued the soldier and now, for the sake of others, must let him go. In the final goodbye, the parents exhibit purpose and unspeakable selflessness.
The infant is portrayed as vulnerable and yet secure in the hands of his parents. He is swaddled in the American Flag. The hand of his father lifts him up with great determination and purpose; using his strength to hold the head of the infant securely for the entire journey. The mother's hand, by contrast, forms a nurturing pose as she reluctantly and slowly lifts her child toward the heavens. The infant is simultaneously emitting a cry of victory and of separation with which the artist hopes to show the ambivalence even the bravest soldier feels when called to war. He clutches the American flag against his chest with one hand clinging to those things that are familiar. With the other hand, he raises his flag toward the Creator showing the courage that soldiers exhibit when they dare to reach higher than others! c2006