This patriotic painting was inspired by the events that occured on, and following,
September 11, 2001.
Lady Liberty, representing the American people, is seen rising out of the debris and rubble of the World Trade Center. Her expression is one of determination as she prepares to respond to those who have attacked us. Seen within the rubble from which she rises is the outline of the United States, symbolizing how all Americans, regardless of race, creed, or political persuasion, came together as one that day.
"GOD GRANTS LIBERTY ONLY TO THOSE WHO LOVE IT, AND ARE ALWAYS READY TO GUARD AND DEFEND IT"
Daniel Webster 1834
The above 1834 quotation by American Statesman Daniel Webster appears softly at the top of the image highlighting the timeless fact that we must always be vigilant and ready to guard and protect our freedom and liberty.
The original painting was exhibited in the National Museum of the Marine Corps from the museum's opening in November of 2006 through November of 2008.