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“The Cradle of Liberty,” a bronze statue standing approximately 8 feet tall, is the creation of Los Altos artist R.J. Truman. It is installed in a quiet area of Shoup Park near Adobe Creek. A 20th anniversary celebration of the statue is scheduled on the Fourth of July.
It was described as a bustling yet serene scene on the Fourth of July in 1998 – an estimated 1,000 people had gathered in Los Altos’ Shoup Park not to celebrate war, but to revel in peace.
They did so at the unveiling of a statue saluting the work of U.S. servicemen and women from all eras who protected the freedoms Americans cherish. “The Cradle of Liberty,” a creation of Los Altos artist Rebecca (R.J.) Truman, depicts an American soldier cradling an infant named “Liberty,” symbolic of keeping the U.S. safe for future generations.