March 21, 2003, Sgt. Jesse Lanter of Ft. Mill, South Carolina
carried Cpl. Barry Lange of Portland, Oregon off the battlefield
during a firefight on the first day of the ground war in
Iraq. Two other Marines gathered their equipment
and sought cover from their exposed positions. This dramatic
scene was captured by AP photographer Laura Rauch, who
was embedded with India Company, 7th Marines, 1st Marine
Div., as they engaged Iraqi soldiers with gunfire and mortar
rounds at the headquarters of the Iraqi 51st and 32nd Mechanized
Infantry Divisions near Az Bayer, Iraq.
Premier Legends Group of
Providence, RI, after 3 years of planning
and preliminary model work, is now ready to convert this
very compelling scene into a life-sized bronze sculpture. PLG
has secured the rights from AP/Wide World Images to produce
the sculpture and various museum-quality replica products from
the original photograph, to be used for fundraising purposes
for the project. With assistance from a variety of corporate
and philanthropic entities, Premier Legends
Group hopes to create a unique memorial to our all-volunteer
armed forces whose sacrifices go relatively unnoticed,
and whose dedication to our Country and our way of life
is to be honored and supported.
We are seeking a sponsor
(or sponsors) to assist financially with the expenses
associated with the creation of the sculpture.
All figures and estimates for project
development will be available in detail to prospective
The donor/partner will be front and
center and accorded majority credit for the project,
This will include press, radio, television
and internet releases and interviews, as well as primary
placement at any ceremonies associated with the project
and its dedication.
This is an unparalleled and dramatic
opportunity for a sponsor (or sponsors) to (quite literally)
be a part of history ... .to be associated with a sculptural
memorial honoring our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, fighting
the war on terror. Like the Iwo Jima Memorial,
this sculpture will outlive all of us, and the sponsor's
name will be forever linked to this memorial.