As of Monday, September 12, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- Years in the making, a unique, artistic homage to U.S. armed forces, police, firefighters and other public servants was unveiled Sunday afternoon in downtown Duluth, capping 9/11 ceremonies.
The public art piece, coined the "Living Honorarium", is a granite obelisk supported on the backs of bronze figures representing all U.S. Military branches, police officers, firefighters and emergency service providers. The four-sided stone base, engraved with words of appreciation to those who keep citizens safe, is encircled by curved benches, meant as a place for reflection.
Hundreds watched Sunday afternoon as the monument was unveiled on the Duluth Town Green, facing Main Street, said City of Duluth spokeswoman Alisa Williams.
The monument was the brainchild of former Duluth mayor and current County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, who initiated a fundraising drive in 2004 that netted more than $50,000. It was commissioned by the city following a design competition led by local artist Jennifer Freeman and the Duluth Fine Arts League.
Atlanta sculptor Martin Dawe of CherryLion Studios was ultimately selected to create the monument.