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D-Day Memorial Volunteers on Jim Brothers: 'We Will Miss His Pa - abc27 WHTM

D-Day Memorial Volunteers on Jim Brothers: 'We Will Miss His Passion & Talent'

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Bedford, VA - We are learning more about the world-known artist responsible for several of the sculptures at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

Jim Brothers passed away Wednesday after a long fight battling cancer at 72 years old. He was mostly known for his work at the Memorial in Bedford and for creating a sculpture of Dwight Eisenhower that's at the Capitol.

The Kansas native was the main sculptor for the D-Day Memorial, creating more than a dozen pieces for them.

A volunteer at the memorial, Twila Ross, knew Jim Brothers for years. She says he was a gentle, calm and kind person who would become friends with everybody. Brothers was also a washboard player in a stringband in Kansas. 

But above all, he was an artist, and she says his passion showed in his work. She says Brothers wanted to tell the stories from the war through his sculptures, which is why he included so much detail in his work.

Ross says those who visit the D-Day memorial notice because they're always in awe of his sculptures.

"Definite living memory here for people to enjoy, and we'll still mention him because we value his talent here," said Twila Ross, Volunteer, D-Day Memorial.

Jim Brothers had finished working on his last sculpture for the memorial. It's a tribute to the Bedford Boys called Homage. That will be installed and dedicated at the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014.

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