CAMP LEJEUNE - A monument like this means everything to the Marine Corps, especially for Lt. Col. Nick Davis, battalion commander for the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East.
"The Latin motto is, 'Stay in the fight,' and that's exactly what the statue depicts."
Davis admires the 10 ft. tall and 13 ft. wide monument that was unveiled Friday in front of Camp Lejeune's Warrior Hope and Care Center. The center provides emotional, physical and psychological rehabilitation services for wounded Marines.
Davis says the monument is a reminder for Marines to never leave a fellow behind, whether in the field or during the recovery process.
"As a Marine walks in or drives in to this complex they're going to see Marines helping Marines, and that's what Wounded Warrior Battalion-East does," Davis said. "Our mission is to help the wounded or injured through transition back to the fleet or back to civilian life."
It took John Phelps four years to design and sculpt the monument. His son died in action in April 2004. Since then, Phelps has been an advocate for wounded warriors. Sculpting this monument was one way he gave back.
"They understand its honoring their sacrifices, that it stands for all of them here, for all Marines and especially those wounded Marines here at Camp Lejeune," Phelps said.
Robin Kelleher is the Hope for the Warriors president. She says this work was a labor of love.
For more information on Hope for the Warriors, visit http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/