Lima Company Memorial
May 24, 2008
7:00 AM -
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215
The Lima Company Memorial: A Remembrance of Spirit & Choice will be on view at the Ohio Statehouse in Representatives' Hall through Veterans Day weekend, 2008 during normal Statehouse hours. Hours include weekdays, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The exhibition will be free and open to the public.
The exhibition was created in memory of 22 fallen Marines and a Navy Corpsman from the Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division who lost their lives while serving in Iraq in 2005.
The Ohio-based Marine Reserve unit, once known as "Lucky Lima," was one of the hardest hit single units in Operation Iraqi Freedom, suffering deaths of 22 Marines and their Navy Corpsman. Created by Columbus artist Anita Miller, the memorial contains life-sized paintings of each of the 23 fallen heroes. Names and statistics of each of the fallen men, an ever-living candle, boots and space for visitors to leave mementos are part of this moving memorial installation.
Miller has worked during the last two years to create and paint the memorial. She has created eight painted panels set in an octagon that depict portraits of each of the 23 men who lost their lives in the war.
The Ohio Statehouse serves as a solemn place to honor these American service members through November 11, 2008 in Representatives' Hall.
The exhibition at the Ohio Statehouse will offer thousands of individuals the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices that these fallen servicemen have given our state and nation.
The Fallen Heroes:
Private First Class Christopher R. Dixon
Lance Corporal Christopher P. Lyons
Staff Sergeant Anthony L. Goodwin
Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Youngblood (Navy Corpsman)
Sergeant Justin F. Hoffman
Staff Sergeant Kendall H. Ivy II
Lance Corporal Nicholas William B. Bloem
Corporal Andre L. Williams
Lance Corporal Grant B. Fraser
Lance Corporal Aaron H. Reed
Lance Corporal Edward A. Schroeder II
Lance Corporal William B. Wightman
Lance Corporal Timothy M. Bell, Jr.
Lance Corporal Eric J. Bernholtz
Corporal Dustin A. Derga
Lance Corporal Nicholas B. Erdy
Lance Corporal Wesley G. Davids
Sergeant David N. Wimberg
Lance Corporal Michael J. Cifuentes
Lance Corporal Christopher J. Dyer
Lance Corporal Jonathan W. Grant
Sergeant David Kenneth J. Kreuter
Lance Corporal Jourdan L. Grez
For more information about the Lima Company Memorial and images of the exhibit, visit www.limacompanymemorial.org.
About the Artist:
Anita Miller is a liturgical and portrait artist. Miller paints still life and landscape paintings as well. She enjoys painting 'en plein air' meaning that she works outdoors, painting quickly to capture the light, atmospheric and weather effects in her paintings. She has travelled in the US and Canada, Italy, France, England, Greece and the Netherlands to paint the landscape. She taught on the Greek Island of Paros. Anita enjoys teaching painting to people who pick up the brush later in life as she did. Miller teaches two classes per week in her Westerville studio.
For more information, visit www.limacompanymemorial.org