"When I was asked to produce this piece I naturally read all I could on the subject and was so shocked by the needless loss of life that the Idea came rather easily to me. However, producing it was an emotionally charged experience. I believe this is evident to anyone who looks at it. Also I took the opportunity to explore pushing in the relief sculpture in as well as pulling it out. I first experimented with this in the memorial I produced for the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor."