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Ground Zero salute to American
heroes

New York Post, by Bill White

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Posted By:GOPJihad, 10/19/2012 9:50:16 AM

At 10:30 this morning on the World Trade Center grounds, a memorial will be dedicated — a statue commemorating a unique and proud chapter in our nation’s response to 9/11. Eleven years ago today, 36 US Special Forces soldiers landed at night in a blizzard in Afghanistan. They proceeded to rendezvous with Northern Alliance forces under Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and in 30 short days to overthrow the Taliban. In radio contact with the Pentagon, the Americans were asked what goods they needed. The answer: saddles. For the first time in generations, these US troops were waging war on horseback.

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I can say without hesitation that THIS is my favorite memorial to troops I have seen unveiled in the past 30 years. With no respect intended to those who served in Vietnam or Korea (only to the "artists"), this is not a black scar hidden in shame, nor is this bewildered American fighting men on a patrol, this, INCREDIBLY, is an heroic and unapologetic depiction of the American fighter in action.

It is even entitled "De Oppresso Liber"!

Unfortunately, the accompanying photo of the statue is murky, so here's a link to a better shot:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:America%27s_Response_Monument-De_Oppresso_Liber.jpg

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 10/19/2012 10:26:22 AM     (No. 8945428)

Thanks to OP for posting this, and the Wikipedia link as well. I read about this statue several months ago. It is indeed a beautiful memorial and tribute to heroes.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Brittany, 10/19/2012 10:49:30 AM     (No. 8945483)

Fox had a great picture this morning. And talked to Special Ops backers. Old age has betrayed me but main sponsor made me sit up...private backers.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 10/19/2012 1:18:25 PM     (No. 8945878)

The statue is beautiful. I heard on FOX this morning that some of these guys had never been of a horse before. Talk about on the job training! In that rough terrain and extreme weather these guys proved to be the heros they are.

The horses in that neck of the woods are small scrappy animals. Pony size. They are use to the conditions, however they were carrying way more weight than normal. God bless these little animals. As a horsewoman, I would describe these little guys as heaving "heart". They will literally go till they drop dead. The combination of our special services and these horses were destined for greatness. I am glad they have been honored in this way.

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