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Statue dedicated to library

VALLEY — Chuck Moore’s latest creation, a seven-foot-tall saluting soldier, was dedicated Friday morning as part of Bradshaw-Chambers County Library’s D-Day program.

Nicknamed “Sarge,” the statue is on permanent display at the flagpole outside the library.

“I’ve had Sarge ready for some time, and I was looking for a flagpole where he could be displayed,” Moore told a Lunch N Learn crowd at Friday’s dedication. “I want to thank (Library Director) Mary Hamilton and her staff for letting it happen. He’s a symbol of honoring those who gave their all so that we could be free.”

Moore met with the library guests at the flagpole and talked about the process of assembling Sarge from old mill parts. He’d earlier been introduced to the crowd in the Lanier Room. Archivist Robin Brown described Sarge as a larger-than-life figure.

“He has been forged literally from history, as everything except his nose is made from parts salvaged and repurposed from the local textile mills,” she said. “Chuck Moore created Sarge as a tribute to the men, women and animals who have served our country past, present and future.”

Accompanying Sarge at the flagpole is his dog. It’s yet to be named. There’s a contest this summer at the library for local children to name him.

“It’s a privilege to dedicate Sarge today, in the presence of our local veterans,” Brown said. “A plaque will soon arrive and placed next to Sarge.”

The wording on the plaque will read: “Sarge and his service dog were created by local artist Chuck Moore to honor the men, women and animals who served their country. Sarge, standing seven feet tall, is crafted from machinery parts from the local textile mills. Dedicated on June 7, 2019.”

“The library would like to thank Chuck Moore for sharing Sarge with us,” Brown said. “We extend a special thanks to Valley Arts Council President Suzie Britt, who helped Chuck and the library connect. Next time you pass by the flagpole, take a moment to look at Sarge and reflect on all he represents.”