D-Day Memorial sculptor passes away at 72

POSTED: 05:15 PM EDT Aug 21, 2013    UPDATED: 06:44 PM EDT Aug 21, 2013 
BEDFORD, Va. -

Jim Brothers, 72, passed away Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

Brothers was in his studio in Lawrence, Kansas when he passed away Tuesday.

Brothers is a renowned sculptor who completed many of the National D-Day Memorial statuary pieces both before and after the 2001 dedication.

Brothers' work has been exhibited throughout the Unites States, Canada, France, Spain, Germany and Japan, according to a news release.

Brothers also created a statue of General Dwight Eisenhower that resides in the U.S. Capitol. His sculpture entitled "Flight" was selected to be placed at the Bolling Federal Building in Kansas City to serve as a memorial to teachers and children killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Over the last few months, Brothers was constructing the D-Day Memorial's latest sculpture, "Homage." The piece will honor the Bedford Boys who served and sacrificed on D-Day. The new sculpture will be installed and dedicated at the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014.