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Bates College should honor Captain George "Alexi" Whitney, USMC.

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Donation Link: https://www.gofundme.com/honor-captain-alexi-whitney-usmc

I have never made one of these petitions. I will probably never make one again, either.

However, I think for the endeavor that stands before us, this petition could be an effective tool.

I believe that Bates College (Lewiston, Maine) should put a bust of Captain George "Alexi" Whitney, USMC, on display on campus.

Why? Because, Captain Whitney made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and was killed in action while serving in the CIA during an operation in Afghanistan. Also, Captain Whitney graduated from Bates College, cum laude, was the starting fullback on the football team, and a starting midfielder for the lacrosse team. If you are not familiar with Bates, this is an incredibly challenging academic institution, so to excel in the classroom and athletically is no small task. After college, Captain Whitney served in the 3rd Marine Reconnaissance Battalion in Anbar, Iraq in 2005. 

The artist that would create this bust is Colonel Lee Busby, USMC (Ret.), who immediately volunteered for the opportunity to honor Captain Whitney. Colonel Busby has sculpted numerous service members that have been killed in action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and does so solely out of the goodness of his heart. His artwork can be seen in a link below. 

The money raised for this bust will be done-so by outside donors. I am not asking the school for any funds. I am asking that they simply find a space to honor this American hero - that is all. If you think this endeavor is worthwhile, please sign the petition. If you feel even more passionate and compelled by this idea, please email Eric Foushee (efoushee@bates.edu) and CC President Clayton Spencer (cspencer@bates.edu).

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Colonel Busby Artwork- http://www.southernliving.com/culture/colonel-lee-busby-alabama-sculptor-video

Article that mentions Captain Whitney- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/world/asia/cia-afghanistan-war.html?mcubz=3&_r=0



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