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Artist Douwe Blumberg, left, watches as a tarp is removed from his "De Opresso Liber" statue, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in New York. The 16-foot bronze statue honoring the U.S. special operations response to 9/11 was expected to be unveiled Nov. 11, 2011, by Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Artist Douwe Blumberg wears fire-retardant gear as he welds a "boonie cap" to the top of the horse soldier statue's head at a foundry in Norman, Okla. (DOUWE BLUMBERG/SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

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INSPIRATION: Commandos from that post-9/11 mission in Afghanistan chat with sculptor Douwe Blumberg in Norman, Okla., Monday, sharing stories pertinent to the monument to Special Operations Forces near ground zero. (Alex Quade/Special to The Washington Times)