Protectors of Freedom

Arts, Creative Placemaking

Protectors of Freedom

Arts, Creative Placemaking

Honoring the men and women who protect our freedom.

The People

Classically-trained Master Sculptor Brian Hanlon first rose to national recognition in the early 1990’s with the installation of “Olympian.” In the decades since that pivotal work, Hanlon has become one of the most prominent contemporary realism artists of his generation with more than 300 permanent installations. His work is viewed by millions each year and has created countless 21st Century trending viral moments.

The Project

Protectors of Freedom, created by Brian Hanlon, was unveiled on June 26, 2017 at Bey Lea Park in Toms River.

The monument, reflecting every conflict from 1917 to today, is depicted through six, eight-foot bronze sculptures, including a woman nurse serving in the Vietnam War. With figures representing World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Middle East, this exceptional work will touch the hearts and souls of multiple generations.

This monument is dedicated to the courageous men and women who have given their all in the defense of mankind. For all those who served and lost their lives, and the survivors who returned carrying the scars of war as medals of honor, this memorial stands as an acknowledgment of their selfless benevolence.

The Impact

It is our hope that the community will continuously visit and reflect upon this tribute to the millions of men and women who have served in our Armed Forces over the past century and have helped keep our world safe and prosperous.

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