Georgia Funeral Care to Host War Memorial, The Eyes of Freedom!

WHAT: The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial This traveling memorial, delivered to you by R+L Carriers, depicts the fallen of Lima Company 3/25, one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom. These 23 life-size portraits have become a powerful traveling military tribute honoring all those who answered the call to service, in every branch of our armed forces. These Eyes reflect the hundreds of thousands of men and women that have sacrificed defending our Freedoms. Visit www.EyesofFreedom.orgLink to BACKGROUND VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb5DPVODEEQWHERE: GEORGIA FUNERAL CARE, 4671 South Main St. Acworth, GA WHEN: September 30- October 2, 2013Public Exhibit Hours: Monday, September 30 (10am-2pm + 4pm-7pm)Tuesday, October 1 (10am-2pm + 4pm-7pm)Wednesday, October 2 (10am-2pm + 4pm-7pm)QUOTES FOR PRESS:“We are very excited to bring a wonderful experience to the community and allow everyone in attendance tohonor the men and women that serve in our great military,” added Mike Strahle, Director of The Eyes of Freedom and a member of the Lima Company (he served along with the men honored in the life-size paintings). “We are honored to be escorted into and out of town by several local motorcycle groups that wish to support this traveling military tribute, and we invite everyone to visit us during display hours to honor all branches of service, past present and future. You do not want to miss it!”Artist and creator of the exhibit Anita Miller added, “The main reason for creating The Eyes of Freedom was to heal family members and loved ones after suffering such loss in 2005.” Miller worked with family and Lima Co. Marines to paint this tribute, a project that took her two and a half years to complete.ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND:The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial was created as a result of an Ohio artist’s vision, in which she saw the finished memorial and felt she was being asked to create it. With the help of the families of the fallen and the returned Marines of L3/25, the work was created and unveiled in the Ohio State House Rotunda in 2008, as the vision foretold.Although the paintings in this Memorial specifically depict the 23 fallen Marines from Lima 3/25, it has become much more; The Eyes of Freedom is for all who have answered the call to service. Behind each portrait we feel the honor and sacrifice of the thousands of men and women who have served our country, in every branch of the armed forces Mike Strahle retired from Lima Co. 3/25 and upon seeing The Eyes of Freedom unveiled at the Statehouse in 2008 knew he had witnessed something truly special. Three years later he would contact Anita Miller, the artist and creator, requesting to host the memorial at a Veteran’s Support fundraiser he co-founded. It was this reunion that sparked the passing of the baton from its creator to the hands of a brother in arms. For Mike this mission is personal. He too was badly injured in the explosion that took six of his squad members; two more fell to enemy fire just days prior.The Eyes of Freedom Memorial’s exclusive transportation provider is R+L Carriers, Inc. based in Wilmington, OH. R+L is a leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service through a network of more than 100 service centers in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.


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