Stand for the Flag is one half-life size and depicts a grizzled Vietnam Vet standing and saluting the American flag as the parade approaches him. The base built to represent a sidewalk and curb. The viewer takes the cue and can visualize the approaching honor guard. The message is this soldier lost his leg back in the 60’s and is reminded with each step he has taken since that bad afternoon south of Da Nang. Yet he is still a true patriot, as he clenches his teeth in an attempt to hold back his tears as the symbol of his country approaches him and he snaps firmly to attention. Second message is how many people do you see firmly planted on their butts in their lawn chairs as the parade honor guard passes by. A disgrace to our country but more so to those wounded warriors standing next to them.
Sculptors Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby formed the art studio, Bad River Artworks,
after collaborating on several sculpture projects while attending Northern State University in the late `80's.
Sherri and Lee primarily worked high relief sculptures of wildlife and gained a national following through the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited where their works were sold to promote wildlife conservation. Their works were also sold extensively to aid local charities and wildlife groups. Selected as one of four of the "City of Presidents" Foundation's artists in 1999, they have completed four of ten of our nation's presidents as life-size bronze statues. In 2001, they were selected from a large field of artists to create this nation's first state World War II monument in Pierre, SD. In fourteen months they finished 6 larger than life statues of soldiers, from all the branches of service, in time to be dedicated four days after the 9/11 attack. Recently, they added a life-size sculpture of a Korean War Soldier to the Capitol site. Currently they are sculpting a Vietnam soldier to be added to the State War Memorial in September of 2016.