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200 Horse Soldiers Who Toppled The Taliban After 9/11 Convene In NYC From As Far Afield As Afghanistan

October 19, 2012

Military Heroes Joined by Government, Military, NYC First Responders and Business Leaders to Rededicate Iconic ‘Horse Soldier’ Statue at WTC Memorial

NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being released by Constellations Group:

Friday, October 19(th), is 11 years to the day since US Army Special Operations Horse Soldiers joined the Northern Alliance under the cover of snow and darkness to roust the Taliban from their strongholds following the 9/11 attacks. Today, 200 war heroes – including those who first parachuted into the Afghan mountains – will gather at the WTC Memorial to rededicate the monumental bronze statue of the Horse Soldier, which is fittingly placed watching over the WTC Memorial.

“Today, just as we gather to rededicate this statue, we pledge to rededicate ourselves to honor the bravest that our nation has to offer,” said Vince McGowan, President of the United War Veterans Council. “As conflicts around the world wind down, this work of art will remind all visitors to the WTC Memorial of those who altered the course of history after September 11(th), 2001 – and, indeed, those who have served bravely in all wars.”

New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy; Green Beret Foundation and United War Veteran’s Council Leadership; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Michael Sheehan; Three Star Lt. General John Mulholland; FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Director Pat Foye and business leaders from UBS, Cushman & Wakefield and Brookfield Properties will lead the rededication ceremony, which will be emceed by Constellations Group CEO Bill White.

“The Horse Soldier statue represents the best of our armed forces: bravery, strength, cunning and shared sacrifice,” said Bill White, CEO of Constellations Group. “As we pause to reflect and rededicate, we welcome all visitors who come to the Memorial to join us in paying tribute to these remarkable soldiers and all of those who fight for our nation.”

The 16-foot tall bronze statue is entitled De Oppresso Liber, or “to liberate the oppressed,” the motto of the United States Army Special Forces and was cast in bronze by renowned sculptor Douwe Blumberg in honor of the Horse Soldiers who integrated with the Northern Alliance in 2001 and routed the Taliban from their Afghan strongholds.

Due to long-planned construction and improvements at World Financial Center, the statue is being rededicated and moved to a temporary location.

SOURCE Constellations Group

Source: PR Newswire