The statue portrays a service member and family parting ways for an overseas deployment in the Global War on Terror. There is a foreshadowing of a poignant outcome, as the service member may pay the ultimate sacrifice. The spouse’s reluctance to let go of her husband’s hand reflects the known potential price to be paid. The daughter is holding the triangular funeral flag she will receive in the future. Lady Liberty is extracting the “Price of Liberty.” The “Liberty” figure depicted on the monument was modeled after “The Goddess of Liberty” atop the Texas Capitol, reflecting Texas history, patriotism and pride.
The granite base will include the service branch seals and inscription, “This Memorial is dedicated to Texas Military Members and their Families, who answered their Country’s call after September 11, 2001. They know all too well the Price of Liberty.”
This monument will provide a visual representation of the sacrifice of 225,000 Texas veterans and their families, and will be a place for them to heal and reflect on their service, serving as a powerful reminder to all visitors that there is a high price for liberty.