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    Posted October 27, 2013 by
    Iron Mountain, Michigan
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    Salute to troops

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    An Art Sculpture For ALL Veterans - "NO MORE"


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DaElmersBack watched as a local artist, Charles Hamilton, unveiled his latest: a statue honoring an injured Iraq War veteran outside the man’s home in Iron Mountain, Michigan, on Saturday. The statue was created for Army National Guard Spc. Donnie Jokinen, who was deployed in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 as an IED hunter, said his mother. She says her son was hit by five bombs, and came home injured. He now uses a cane, as he has pain throughout his body, and suffers from some memory loss.

    “A few times you could see Donnie standing silently, deep in thought. He lost many friends in Iraq, that is one thing he can't ever forget and it haunts him,” observed Asselin. The iReporter met the Jokinen family through his involvement with the local Patriot Guard Riders, a group which attends the funerals of fallen members of the armed forces, as well as homecoming celebrations for veterans.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Vietnam Veteran and Artist Charles Hamilton (Previous CNN vetted story: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-978114) unveiled this beautiful piece of art in Iron Mountain, Michigan at the home of Jeanie Jokinen whose son was blown up by 5 bombs but still managed to make it home. This sculpture is a copy of him, while he served in Iraq.


    This new piece of art named "NO MORE" was dedicated to Donnie Jokinen in front of a crowd of friends and veterans. See the chainsaw artwork this sculpture is sitting next to as Donnie's mother talks about it..  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYsxQV5JCvk


    Open to the Public, they are located at Hemlock and D Street in Iron Mountain, Michigan. All they ask is for you to sign a guestbook they have.


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