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  The Story of Kalat

This picture of the statue below was made by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad. This artist was so grateful that the Americans liberated his country, he melted 3 of the fallen Saddam heads and made a memorial statue dedicated to the American soldiers and their fallen comrades. Kalat worked on this night and day for several months.

To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms. It is currently on display outside the palace that is now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped and shown at the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas.

Isn't it a shame you had to read this story here on AR and not see it on the national news (CBS, NBC, ABC)!

Tomorrow morning I will say goodbye to my son as he enters the United States Marine Corps.  He does so to make a difference in the world and in his life.  He enters for all the good reasons young men and women enter the branches of our military. 

The story of Kalat should remind us all that, while there is much discussion about the right or wrong of our liberation of Iraq, that there is good that has come from it. 

War is horrid. One death of a soldier is one too many....but there is good in every story. Too bad we hear so little about the good.

Kalat gets it.

Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

This is such a touching story, and even more so by the fact that you personally will be sacrificing much for our country through your sons dedication.

Bless him, and a prayer for his safety.  Please thank him for me for his service.

Aug 23, 2008 10:43 PM
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA

Jim-This is such a wonderful story. They say war is hell. Too bad the media doesn't report on all sides of this war. Very touching. You should be proud to have raised a son who is willing to fight for his country. I'll keep him in prayers for a safe return.

Aug 24, 2008 01:34 AM
Lea Deo, REALTOR® - KW Realty Partners
Keller Williams Legacy Partners, Inc. - Shawnee, KS
Johnson County REALTOR®| Shawnee KS Homes for Sale

Thank you for this wonderful touching story,   Thanks to your son for his service to this wonderful country, and thanks and prayers for all the moms and dads who send their sons and daughters off with strong values and courage to defend us. 

Aug 24, 2008 01:42 AM
Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

Jim, excellent posting. My son retired almost two years ago from the Navy. He was in both Iraq encounters. Our prayers are with your son.

Aug 24, 2008 04:46 AM
Brooke Shepherd
Keller Williams Clients' Choice - Colorado Springs, CO
Speak With Honesty~Act with Integrity

Thank you for sharing this.  It should be on the news, what an amazing story.  I think it would be worthy of copying and sending via email to EVERYBODY!!  If you choose to do that, please include my email address.  I would love to pass it along.

Tell your son, thank you for protecting our country!  Thank you for raising a son that has the courage to do that.  What an amazing young man you have raised!


Aug 24, 2008 07:24 AM
Karen Faucette
Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate - Valdosta, GA

Great story.  Best of luck to your son. 

Aug 24, 2008 10:45 AM
Randy Landis
Living in the Pacific - Tupelo, MS
Life is Good in the Tropic Shade!

Great post Jim.  I, being retired from the Navy, salute your son for his patriotism.  Some of our young folks do get it and show it with their own courage and actions.

Sep 03, 2008 09:50 AM
Pamela Burdette-Miller
RE/MAX Unlimited Real Estate - Danbury, CT

Wonderful post Jim! My brother served in Iraq for 12 months. Thank you and please share my thanks and support to your son. I will keep him and all of our soldiers in my prayers.

Oct 03, 2008 04:01 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

Good story and picture.  Once in a while the news does good but mostly not.  May only good follow your son.

Oct 03, 2008 11:56 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Great post Jim - very touching story and your son will be in our prayers!

Oct 26, 2008 08:40 AM