Ardmore Vietnam veteran shares inspiration behind 9/11 drawing

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - "I think the main theme is that God is real and God communicates with all of us always," Robert Dembski said.

Vietnam war veteran Robert Dembski says he created the drawing right after the 9/11 attacks 17 years ago.

"I had to do it," Dembski said. "I felt it in my heart and I had to see it on paper."

Dembski says he spent four days completing the drawing titled "Glory," that includes a scripture written below.

It hangs in the hallway of the Ardmore Veterans Center Dembski lives at.

"The Glory goes to God - whatever, however it turns out, however horrible it may be as the scripture says they're birth pains," Dembski says.

From the steel beams to the staggering letters of his name, representing the people who jumped from the towers, Dembski says every detail is significant to 9/11.

"I'm with them," Dembski said. "I felt their pain and things I've been through in my past, I've been through some horrible things and I felt their pain."

Born and raised in Pennsylvania Dembski says he's always used his hands to craft and sculpt.

When he was 17 he enlisted in the army and at 18 he was deployed to Vietnam where he worked on aircraft's.

"I flew too, I flew a lot." Dembski said. "I flew missions, they taught me how to fly."

Dembski later moved to Oklahoma to be with his friend and soulmate of 43 years.

14 years ago when he was living in Oklahoma City, Dembski was hit by an SUV while riding his motorcycle.

He was paralyzed from the chest down and lost partial use of his arms and hands.

He says his Glory drawing is the last inspired drawing he's created.

"Here I am drawing this reality on paper in a symbolic way and I'm just thinking wow, you know, I think it's the most symbolic drawing I've done," Dembski said.

His drawing is registered under the U.S. Library of Congress.

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