Ohio Statehouse Set to Host Lima Company Memorial Honoring Fallen Marines
March 8, 2013
7:00 AM -
Rotunda and South Hall
The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215
The Lima Company Memorial: The Eyes of Freedom will return
to the Ohio Statehouse and will be on view from February 15 to March 17. The exhibit
was first unveiled at the Ohio Statehouse in 2008. The display 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 exhibition will be on
public view for 31 days in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda and South Hall and is
free and open to the public.
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 will be part
of this moving memorial installation.
The Ohio Statehouse grand Rotunda will serve as a solemn
place to honor these American service members from February 15 through February
26. The exhibition will then be featured in the South Hall, adjacent to the
Rotunda, from February 27 to March 1 before it returns to the Rotunda for
display through March 18.
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 include:
Private First Class
Christopher R. Dixon
Christopher P. Lyons
Anthony L. Goodwin
Petty Officer 3rd
Class Travis Youngblood (Navy Corpsman)
Sergeant Justin F.
Kendall H. Ivy II
Nicholas William B. Bloem
Corporal Andre L.
Grant B. Fraser
Aaron H. Reed
Edward A. Schroeder II
William B. Wightman
Timothy M. Bell, Jr.
Lance Corporal Eric
Corporal Dustin A.
Nicholas B. Erdy
Wesley G. Davids
Sergeant David N.
Michael J. Cifuentes
Christopher J. Dyer
Jonathan W. Grant
Kenneth J. Kreuter
Jourdan L. Grez
For more images and
more information about the Lima Company Memorial: The Eyes on Freedom exhibit,