Eye of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial PTS Statue
Artist Anita Miller poses with “Silent Battle,” her latest addition to the Eyes Of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial, dedicated to a Columbus Marine Reserve unit that had 23 men killed serving in Iraq. The memorial returned to the Ohio Statehouse for its 10th anniversary.
Miller lived on Ulry Road just east of Westerville when she began painting the “Eyes of Freedom” panels depicting each of the Marines who died. At the base of each man’s painting are the boot they wore.
From the Eyes of Freedom site:
“Miller, artist and creator of The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial, has truly birthed something larger than life. Like so many people in Ohio who heard of the Lima Company tragedies in 2005, her heart tore for the families of the fallen. Two months later, she awoke in the middle of the night with a vision of the completed Memorial standing in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. Anita would work for the next two and a half years to make it a reality. In May 2008 the Lima Company Memorial was unveiled in the Statehouse Rotunda, just as the vision foretold.”
A memorial paying tribute to a central Ohio-based Marine reserve company that lost 22 Marines and a Navy Corpsman in Iraq in 2005 once again can be viewed at Ohio’s Statehouse.