SPRINGFIELD, Va. – Today, Hope For The Warriors commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Second Battle of Fallujah by donating a replica of the “No Man Left Behind” monument to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit which assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.
The 16-inch-tall bronze statue is a scaled-down replica of the “No Man Left Behind” monuments that Hope For The Warriors donated to the Marine Corps, with one placed aboard Camp Lejeune in 2013 and the second to Camp Pendleton in 2014.
“The Hell House photo of three Marines, two laying down their weapons under fire to care for their brother, is an iconic image,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “It represents the best of our Marines and service members. The No Man Left Behind monument is inspired from this image and it stands as a symbol of strength, courage and brotherhood at both Camp Lejeune and Pendleton.”
The monument brings to life the iconic photo, “Hell House,” captured in Fallujah by acclaimed combat photographer Lucian Read. The memorial was created by artist John Phelps, a Vietnam veteran and Gold Star father, whose son, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps, was killed in action in April 2004.
“As the Marine Corps continues to complete the final galleries of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, this statue will represent the latest generation of Marines who share the long legacy of all who served before them – their honor, courage, commitment, selfless service and sacrifice” said retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General James A. Kessler president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
Standing in front of the Warrior Hope and Care Centers at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton, the “No Man Left Behind” monuments are to honor those wounded and injured in the line of duty and those who never returned home. It represents the ultimate price of battle and the unyielding spirit of brotherhood and dedication known by service members and their families.
The Warrior Hope and Care Centers provide medical care, mental health counseling, professional training and education, physical conditioning and transition services for wounded, ill, and injured Marines and sailors. Architectural plans for the Warrior Hope and Care Center were drawn and donated to the Marine Corps by Hope For The Warriors.
For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit hopeforthewarriors.org.
About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 30,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded over 135 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of over 25,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About the National Museum of the Marine Corps: The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. It is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, VA and is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily except December 25th. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 703-784-6107 or visit on the web at www.usmcmuseum.com.
About the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation: Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Having secured the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, the Foundation’s current primary mission is to vigorously seek financial support to provide continued leadership, strategic direction and financial oversight in supporting and expanding programs at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and beyond its walls. For more information, visit MarineHeritage.org.