When Joaquin Cortez created a sand sculpture on the memorial in front of a Mansfield store, he wanted to honor the officers killed in the 7 July attack. Unfortunately, the elements took their toll on the sculpture.
So for Memorial Day, Cortez is making a new statue to the honor of all veterans.
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Cortez says he is always the child draw faces in the mud with a spoon. His artistic talent sand sculpture has been touched by the heart of the police since last summer. And with his new attempts to do the same with veterans.
With only sand and water, Cortez is devising what he hopes will be an inspiration for military families on Memorial Day.
“This will be the Navy logo. The Navy logo will go on the side here,” the sculptor explained as he showed his plans for the design. “The air force emblem is going to be on the other side. And I am busy with the Army logo in here now.”
The new sand sculpture is replaced Cortez made last summer a few weeks after five policemen were killed in the Heart of Dallas.
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“A lot of the Dallas police officers are soldiers, and they come here and sad to see that the police memorial was destroyed by the rain, but happy to see the new one is built and that are part of the military,” Cortez said.
The majestic eagle that adorned the first image was patched and remains the focal point of the new sculpture.
“He is wearing the Medal of Honor, so maybe he is as a spirit of a soldier who has passed on,” Cortez said.
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