Many people have asked how Brian is doing. He is doing great. I figured I would post a picture update. A lot is happening over in Iraq and Brian is VERY busy. He can’t tell me too much, but he did send a few pictures I thought I would share. In fact, we have hardly had time to chat lately. He works during the day. However, the other day he texted me at 2:00 AM Baghdad time. He only said a quick hello and goodbye. That’s when I know things are a little crazy! It does make the time go by a little faster for him though! He doesn’t have a minute to miss home. Okay, maybe a minute!
To celebrate his “victory” over Iran, Saddam decided to build a Triumphal Arch. The colossal Hands of Victory monument has dominated Baghdad’s skyline since the end of the Iran-Iraq war. Built in duplicate, it marks the entrances to a large parade ground in central Baghdad, towering 140 feet above the highway. The triumphal arch is shaped as two pairs of crossed swords, made from the guns of dead Iraqi soldiers that were melted and recast as the 24-ton blades of the swords. Captured Iranian helmets are in a net held between the swords. And surrounding the base of the arms are another 5,000 Iranian helmets taken from the battle field. The fists that hold the swords aloft are replicas of Saddam Hussein’s own hands.
The Monument to the Unknown Soldier is said to be inspired by the glorification of a martyr from the Iran-Iraq war. What looks like a flying saucer frozen in midflight, represents a traditional shield dropping from the dying grasp of an Iraqi warrior.The monument also houses an underground museum.
Major General Dunlap, the Deputy Judge Advocate (DJAG), and the crew! I asked Brian where his weapon was and he told me, “Don’t worry, you just can’t see mine!” Some of these JAGS were later pretty badly injured when an IED went off during the convoy back from the event. Brian was lucky! I am so grateful for my dedicated husband. He’s dedicated to his God, Family, and the USA! You always hear it said, “Freedom isn’t free”, but it’s true! I feel truly blessed that our family is being watched over and protected while he is away. It has been a testimony building experience for me. I don’t understand why some people fall in harms way, but I am grateful for his safety thus far. I am VERY anxious for his safe return in a few months!