Arthur Aaron (an old boy of Roundhay School) was chosen by thousands of Leeds residents to be the subject of a sculpture marking the new millennium.
He was the only second-world-war serviceman from Leeds to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
The statue of the young bomber pilot was commissioned from Barnsley artist Graham Ibbeson. His five-metre-high bronze sculpture in Leeds represents the way Mr Aaron's life secured freedom for future generations.
Ibbeson, one of the country's most popular figurative sculptors, is also responsible for the celebrated statue of comedian Eric Morecambe.
The scuplture was unveiled on Saturday 24 March 2001 by Malcolm Mitchem.
Mr Mitchem is the last surviving member of the aircraft crew that the dying Aaron helped fly safely home from Italy to Africa after being attaked by a night fighter.
Arthur Aaron was selected from many other heroes and heroines of the city - including Joshua Tetley, Quaker reformer Isabella Ford, and sculptor Henry Moore - in a vote organised by the Leeds Civic Trust.
The sculpture was funded by a local trust called the Scurrah Wainwright Charity, run by The Guardian journalist, Martin Wainwright.
It features the bomber pilot as a young man, who had just graduated in architecture at the University of Leeds, standing at the foot of a tree.
The tree is being climbed by children from the period 1950-2000, with the highest and smallest being a girl releasing the dove of peace. The roundabout also features a series of fountains whcih surround the central building - which was once a petrol station!
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