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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Douwe Blumberg
Special operations war fighters will be in the spotlight during the GI Film Festival on Sunday evening, when a documentary on their initial push into Afghanistan in 2001 debuts.
He's known as Capt. James T. Kirk of "Star Trek" fame, but actor William Shatner will be in Louisville this week to honor the samurai warrior culture.
The first statue near ground zero to salute the heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will not depict a New York firefighter or policeman — but a lone U.S. commando on horseback in the Afghan mountains.
"That's my way of tipping my hat to wives, marriages and strain on families," Mr. Blumberg said. "It's to acknowledge the stresses caused by multiple deployments."
"The visual irony of a 21st-century, high-tech trooper mounted on a ragged Afghan mountain horse, unchanged for centuries, fascinated me," said Mr. Blumberg, who incorporated the stories of four of the first horseback commandos as he cast the statue in Norman.