Building a Monument to First Responders

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Motherhood – “The Opposite of Terrorism”

Motherhood - "the opposite of terrorism"

With apologies to fathers everywhere for posting this so close to Father’s Day, here is Artist Erik Blome’s depiction of Motherhood. This will be placed on one of the bronze spires of the Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial.

I had to think a bit about what Motherhood would be doing on a Monument to First Responders. After reflection, mothers are the original First Responders in our lives. We all looked to Mom for comfort and support from our earliest age. Blome calls Motherhood “the opposite of terrorism,” and he’s right! Motherhood stands for nurturing, love, growth and support. This is the message we want on our Monument!

Please support our Monument! Plan on being at Dancing Under the Stars and Stripes on June 25th! For tickets, call John Zawaski at (708) 259-5460. For information, please CLICK HERE.

Motherhood - "the opposite of terrorism"

Relief of Motherhood to be Cast in Bronze for the Monument

New panels reveal more images of First Responders for Oak Lawn Memorial

Artist Blome in his studio working on images of First Responders

Artist Blome in his studio working on images of First Responders

This photo, straight from Artist Erik Blome’s studio shows new sculptural details. Relief sculptures and sculptures in niches will cover the entire surface of two spires. The relief sculptures depicted in the photo will be transferred to the large spire prior to casting.

As I look at them, I can only imagine what these first responders are facing before them. You can see how Erik is developing a story within each one. The police officer is depicted with curves and flowing lines to simulate speed and action. The firefighter faces swirls which may be smoke, which his arm disappears into.

The artist wanted me to show these, but also wanted me to remind people that these are works in progress and can be changed many times over before the final piece is ready for casting.

Email your thoughts to If you like what you see and agree that this will be wonderful to have in downtown Oak Lawn, won’t you please support the Monument financially with a direct donation, tickets to Dancing Under the Stars and Stripes, or purchasing a golf ball ticket for our Ball Drop?
We are half way to our goal and have much more to do in the this final push.

Dancing Under the Stars and Stripes

Please join us for a lovely summer evening of dancing, dining, fine music and cocktails.  You won’t want to miss this unique and memorable event.

Tickets can be purchased by calling John Zawaski at (708) 259-5460. We’ll see you on the roof!