Recently, we had the privilege of attending the unveiling of a new exhibit at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The exhibit, Lest We Forget: The Mission, and the artist who conceived and produced it, Fredric Arnold (January 23, 1922-May 28,2018), are both amazing and inspirational subjects.
Fredric Arnold was born an artist: producing sketches at the age of 5 years, creating sculptures from bars of Ivory soap at 11; studying at the Art Institute of Chicago while still a teenager. But in 1942, despite being raised as a pacifist, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. As one of 14 young men assigned to train in the P-38, he joined class 42-J and trained for air combat. Only 2 of those young men would survive. Fredric Arnold and Jim Hagenback remained friends for 67 years and vowed to never forget their comrades. When Hagenback died in 1998, it fell to Fredric Arnold to fulfill the vow. Rather than simply drink a toast to his fellow aviators, he imagined a lasting tribute that would not only honor the accomplishments of these young men, but also their motivation, character and sacrifice. “Lest We Forget: The Mission” is the result:
For now, just reflect on this amazing work; perhaps do a little Google searching; for sure, click on our Archives for December 2018 to see “Lest We Forget: The Mission” during its Wings Over the Rockies display; and come on back later to view some photos of New Orleans!!!