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Commemorating 9/11 Through Art
by Army Maj. Kevin Toner - September 12, 2011

Staff Sgt. John Reyes, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division of Eagle Pass, Texas, stands in front of painted two wooden towers to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 1, 2011. Reyes painted an American flag and angel on the towers to memorialize the heroes and those who passed on Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Bonnie Hutchinson
Staff Sgt. John Reyes, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division of Eagle Pass, Texas, stands in front of painted two wooden towers to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 1, 2011. Reyes painted an American flag and angel on the towers to memorialize the heroes and those who passed on Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Bonnie Hutchinson
 FARAH, Afghanistan (9/11/2011) – The 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division memorialized the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 through art.

The 2nd STB chain of command provided Staff Sgt. John Reyes the time and resources to paint a sculpture memorializing the attack.

Reyes, a squad leader in 2nd STB, spent about two weeks painting two wooden towers.

“I took three years of art in high school,” said Reyes of Eagle Pass, Texas. “My art teacher, Mr. Escobar, inspired me and let me use my imagination.”

He added, “I've always enjoyed drawing and I design tattoos as a hobby.”

The sculpture is of two towers, one wrapped in an American flag, and an angel enveloping the other. Above the angel is a scroll with, “United We Stand.”

“I chose the angel silhouette because it represents the fallen soldiers and because the angel is watching over us,” said Reyes.

Since joining the Army, Reyes has regularly used his artistic skills. He has designed posters, paintings, and logos for the other units he's been assigned to.

The towers are actually the product of two units. 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers built the wooden towers in September 2010. The battalion left the towers behind when 2nd STB replaced them in July 2011.
“I joined the Army to serve,” said Reyes. “Inspiration to paint the towers left here just came to me.”

By Army Maj. Kevin Toner
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Provided through DVIDS
Copyright 2011

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