"While over 4,400 and 1,300 American troops have now made the ultimate sacrifice in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, respectively . . . Metin Bereketli's inspiring patriotic FREEDOM 2000 and its associated information below . . . still reflect the noble intent of this gifted artist . . . that is in memory of all the troops who have fallen in these two operations before and after FREEDOM 2000's completion."
David Bancroft, founder of USA Patriotism! (November 2, 2010)
FREEDOM 2000 is the only inspired composition of its kind that commemorates the TWO THOUSAND stars that slipped away in Iraq from the infinite skies of duty, honor and love for the country.
This unique painting by LA's very own Healing Painter Metin Bereketli, this work of unadulterated admiration for our TWO THOUSAND fallen heroes... every precious name inscribed patiently by Metin's steady hand... is an homage to the spirit that made this country the greatest there is in the first place... the spirit of excellence, devotion to duty, and carrying out a mission to completion, regardless of the consequences for one's own welfare.
Through this magnificent painting we'll always remember our TWO THOUSAND young men and women, some as young as eighteen and nineteen, still teenagers really... our brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers... who went to their rich rewards in heaven so that we may continue to live in peace here on this blessed continent... so that we may continue to enjoy what God so generously bestowed on all of us -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.