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Retired Marine learns to sculpt, creates likenesses of service members lost

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Colonel Lee Busby is one of the most humble men you’ll ever meet. He’s also one of Alabama’s best sculptors.

“In the military we say a warrior dies twice. The first time is when he draws his last breath. The second time is when somebody speaks his name for the last time.

You know how when you do something that touches you, you know it. I’m not Michelangelo. But I know the world that these people were operating in. I know what they went through and I do have some ability to score. So, that’s what I wanna do…

You know and general most of these young people were killed in 04, 05, 06, 07 so when you go to talk to somebody about that You know, they’ve put the worst of the pain away, and they dealt with it, and now you ask them “I want you to sit down with me, and let’s recreate a likeness of your son.” That’s emotionally tough stuff. I think what motivates them to incur that That pain. It’s very simply wanting their son or husband remembered. And I think it takes a lot of emotional bravery and courage to do it. In the doing of it. I’m pretty sure I saw some healing too. When you see a smile spread across the face, when you get it, when that likeness starts to come together, and you know boom, okay, that’s him.”

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