Your support is kindly requested.  

Major Arnold and his family advanced the money needed to complete the monumental sculpture now on display in Denver.  They did so in the belief that, once complete, individuals would see the value in the work and help to offset expenses through tax-deductible contributions.  

Please make your donation by sending a check or simply use the button below to donate to the project by credit card.

“Lest We Forget: The Mission” is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of “Lest We Forget: The Mission” must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only.  See below for information about Fractured Atlas.

Contributions of any amount are gratefully accepted.  Every bit helps!  Donations above $250 receive acknowledgement gifts which vary depending on Award Level.  Any contribution above the value of the corresponding gift is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

How to Donate

By Check:  Send your check, made payable to “Fractured Atlas” to:

“Lest We Forget: The Mission”

1630a 30th Street, #173

Boulder CO 80301

By Credit Card:  Click the button below to contribute using a credit card:

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If donating $1,000 or more: Whether contributing by check or credit card, your donation must be accompanied by a “Major Donor Letter”.  You may email us using the Contact Us button above to receive a blank copy of this transmittal document, or simply click MajorGiftLetter to download a pdf copy, then return the completed form via email addressed to info@LestWeForgetSculpture.org.  If you wish to make a major tax-deductible donation by sponsoring one or more of the twelve life-size bronzes, please use the Contact Us page to get in touch.

From the Artist’s Son, Marc Arnold

In March, 2015, Dad finished all twelve figures in clay.  To convert these fragile clay originals into permanent bronzes and to join the twelve individual sculptures into one monolithic whole is a complex, challenging and expensive process.   The steps include: Making molds, Pouring wax, “Chasing” the wax, Creating a ceramic shell, Dewaxing, Pouring the molten bronze metal, Sandblasting the cast metal, Welding the 100+ cast pieces together,  Chasing the metal, Applying patina, final Assembly, Shipping and Exhibit Installation.  The finished sculpture is now on display at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado.  When preparations are complete, the statue will be moved to a special exhibition location at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.  In time, we hope it becomes an iconic image linked to WWII aviators just as the famous Iwo Jima sculpture memorializes the sacrifices borne by the Marines.

In view of Dad’s advanced age, it wasn’t feasible to put the project on hold until members of the public contributed complete funding.  Therefore, our family advanced the needed funds.  We kindly ask you for your help in financing this important project.  Please consider helping in one of two ways:

First, if you know of individuals, corporations or foundations that might want to help us, please bring this project to their attention.  It is a worthy cause and we are hopeful information about this effort will go ‘viral’ enough to gain significant support.

Second, you may make a donation directly to the project or visit the Store tab and purchase an item or two to help the cause.  Your donation or purchase in any amount will be gratefully accepted.  The old adage “every bit helps” certainly applies.

Thank you again for your interest.  As word of Dad’s project gets out, Dad is constantly amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support.

Marc Arnold

About Fractured Atlas

Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Lest We Forget: The Mission are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Fractured Atlas is the largest arts service organization in the U.S., reaching a network of more than 250,000 artists. Dedicated to empowering artists with the support they need to work effectively and thrive, Fractured Atlas provides funding, insurance, technology, education, and other services critical to building sustainable careers and organizations. Founded in 1998, Fractured Atlas is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit the Fractured Atlas at www.FracturedAtlas.org

Special Limited Edition of 50 Table-Top Bronze Sculptures of “TEENAGER”

For those who are able to consider a contribution at the highest award level (“Fighter Pilot” Level at $10,000), we have created a very special recognition award.  Donors of $10,000 receive a Special Limited Edition “Table Top TEENAGER” mounted on a walnut base suitable for home or office.

Each sculpture’s edition number (1-50) ties it to a specific combat mission flown by Major Arnold as evidenced by a Certificate of Authenticity which references the specific mission as documented in Fredric Arnold’s 1943 logbook. A photocopy of the logbook is included which depicts all 50 combat missions, a rare artifact given that early in the war, only a small fraction of pilots stationed in North Africa survived 50 missions and returned from combat.  Eight inches tall, “Table Top TEENAGER” is a small version of the life-size “TEENAGER” (figure number one of the twelve life-size figures that comprise “Lest We Forget: The Mission”).

Each of these bronze sculptures is individually numbered, signed and reserved as a gift to major donors. None will be sold. The edition size of 50 commemorates the fifty combat missions flown by Major Arnold during WWII.

2 thoughts on “Donate

  1. F. J. Taylor Reply

    Dear Major Arnold,

    Thank you for your service – both in the war and in peace – and especially in producing this poignant memorial to your lost comrades, and to some extent, all the other brave men and women who served and died in your war and others.

    I am sure your comrades would be both proud and touched to see this beautiful memorial to them. I know I was. I am also certain that any of their survivors and descendants

    My father and uncle served in WW II (both Marines), and I also served, though in a later war (Vietnam) as a “mud Marine.” All of us were engaged in close personal ground combat. Like you, I know the true “cost of war” for all involved, and I also wish with you that all nations, creeds, and people could learn to settle any supposed differences peaceably. Sadly, we seem to be as far as ever from that noble aspiration. But we who know the true price must continue to try to spread the word.

    To that noble end, I contribute what I can, and will alert all in my circle of comrades, and family and friends, to your project, in hopes that the remaining funding can be obtained.

    If you have the opportunity, I invite you and your family and friends to view the website I have established as a memorial to my comrades of CAC Oscar (see att.). With your permission, I will be linking your story and site to ours in the hope of sending any traffic to our site to yours as well.

    I remain, sir, very respectfully and Semper Fidelis,

    F. J. Taylor
    USMC (Ret.)

    • ma8243 Post authorReply

      Mr. Taylor —

      My father was touched and asked me to thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment.

      We unveiled the sculpture to the public at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum yesterday. The reaction was overwhelming. We are all humbled. Among the many many people who attended the event was the nephew of one of the twelve men in Dad’s Group from the Class of 42-J. I don’t think he will mind my reprinting here part of his email as he found far better words than I can to describe his reaction to the event:

      I can’t begin to express my feelings to you. It is simply overwhelming! It will take me a while to really be able to digest all of what happened yesterday. I can only imagine what is must be like for you.

      Any good work of art creates thought and emotion. Your Dad’s incredible sculpture transcends this and brings it to a new, rare and unique level. It will continue to affect people of all ages for years to come.

      I offer you my sincere thanks for all of the work that was necessary to complete this fabulous task. I hesitate to use the term monumental as that doesn’t begin to describe this task. You have done a terrific job!

      Yes, please feel free to post links to our website wherever you think readers might be interested and thank you for your support.

      — Marc Arnold (Fredric Arnold’s son)

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