“The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial” has returned to Capitol Square. The memorial will be on display in the Rotunda of the Statehouse for a special 10th
anniversary exhibition from May 21 to May 27, 2018. The exhibit was first unveiled at the Ohio Statehouse in May 2008, and after more than 270 events honoring service and sacrifice all over the country, the memorial returns to the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse, where the journey began. The display was created in memory of 22 fallen Marines and a Navy Corpsman from Lima Company, 3rd
Marine Regiment who lost their lives while serving in Iraq in 2005. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Additions and Changes to the Memorial
Although the paintings and the emotional impact have not changed, some new elements have been added. Heavy steel frames have been replaced with aluminum frames. A video accompanying the exhibit highlights the trip the memorial has made over the past decade. Another grand addition to the Eyes of Freedom is a life-size bronze sculpture called “Silent Battle,” sculpted by Anita Miller. It now travels the nation bringing awareness to the veteran suicide epidemic and other issues relating to post traumatic stress. Silent Battle offers support for those navigating life after combat, suffering the hidden wounds of war.
Attendants will be on hand daily to interact with visitors. Guests may also interact with the Lima Company Memorial. Cards available with QR codes lead to videos that tell the story of the men depicted in the paintings and comments by the artist.
Guests may add to the memorial, by writing a personal message on the back of a dog tag. Dog tags are available for purchase in the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse, along with other commemorative items. Dog tags may be put into the boots which are part of the Lima Company Memorial. The dog tags will travel with the exhibit and become a part of the memorial.
The display of the Lima Company Memorial will be in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse from May 21 to May 27. It is free and open to the public.
About the Lima Company Memorial
The Ohio-based Marine Reserve unit, once known as “Lucky Lima,” was one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom, suffering casualties 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 Fallen heroes include:
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 images and more information about the Lima Company Memorial: The Eyes on Freedom exhibit, visit www.limacompanymemorial.org
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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day for the state of Ohio.
For the eight consecutive year, the West Lawn (High Street) of the Ohio Statehouse will host vintage “base ball” (historically two words), as members of the 132nd
Ohio General Assembly (OGA) take on the Ohio Village Muffins Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Reminiscent of barnstorming tours of yesteryear, the “titanic struggle” begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The two teams will be fighting for bragging rights and the all-important symbol of victory, the Richard Schuricht Memorial Cup. Prior to the game, the Statehouse’s 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will provide a cannon firing demonstration and discussion of leisure activities Civil War soldiers would have used to pass the time spent in camp.
Using vintage base ball equipment, the game is scheduled for seven innings and will be governed under The Rules and Regulations of the Game of Base Ball Adopted by the National Association of Base-Ball Players,
March 14, 1860. Major rule differences between vintage base ball and modern baseball are listed below.
- The ball is pitched underhanded from anywhere behind the pitcher's line.
- An out is declared if:
A hit ball is caught on the fly or the first bound, including foul tips to the catcher.
- A base runner overruns any base (including first) and is touched by the ball in the hands of an adversary.
Enjoy an evening downtown, as you watch the OGA Capitol Cannons host the Ohio Village Muffins in an exhibition vintage base ball game. Come early and enjoy a ball park dinner. Concessions will be provided by the Paddy Wagon food truck.
About the Ohio Village Muffins and vintage base ball
Formed in 1981, the Ohio Village Muffins were the first vintage base ball team in America to play a set summer schedule, and the Muffins also hosted the founding meeting of the Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA). The Muffins play in uniforms period correct to the 1860s; the uniform consists of plain long pants, a white shirt with a bright shield containing the team emblem, a pill box hat, a leather belt and a bow tie. Recreational activities, especially base ball, were becoming more ingrained in American society during the middle part of the 19th century. The Muffins represent a changing America and highlight a game that would transcend all others and become America’s National Pastime. More information about the Muffins can be found here
.Support for this event is provided by the Ohio Lobbying Association, the Ohio Village Muffins, the Capitol Square Foundation and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.
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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff to honor the life and service of former First Lady Barbara Bush, effective immediately through the day of interment.
Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset April 19, 2018, in honor of the life and service of Vandalia Police Chief Doug Knight.
Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in the State Room (room #108) and will begin at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda is available upon request.
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 153rd
anniversary of the repose of President Abraham Lincoln in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on Monday, April 30, 2018. The 1st
Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, a group of Civil War re-enactors, will provide an honor guard for the replica of Lincoln’s casket from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Batesville Casket Company created the 1865 casket for Lincoln, and has generously provided an accurate replica for this event. This will take place on the site where the slain President lay in repose in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on April 29, 1865. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the Ohio Statehouse like few Ohioans have.
In conjunction with the repose of Lincoln, the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will hold the 2018 Civil War Encampment at Ohio Statehouse. Learn what camp life was like during the Civil War. Walk among soldiers’ tents, see how to fire the cannon and help the Ladies Aid Society deliver comfort to the troops. Historical re-enactors from the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, along with other partnering organizations, will demonstrate Civil War life, music, cooking and medical practices. Cannon firings will occur every hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse.
On the morning of April 29, 1865 the body of slain President Abraham Lincoln was laid in repose at the Ohio Statehouse. From 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. an estimated 50,000 Ohioans paid their respects to the “Savior of the Union.”
The train that carried the president’s body, referred to as the “Lincoln Funeral Train” traveled more than 1,600 miles, and during the 13 day trip, one third of the population of the United States witnessed the train pass through their community, including Columbus, Ohio.
ALSO AT THE OHIO STATEHOUSE
The Lincoln Funeral Train in Pictures and Photos
April 27 - May 1, 2018
Ohio Statehouse North Hallway, 1 Capitol Square, downtown Columbus
This photography exhibit begins with the assassination of our nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln; it follows his funeral train route from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois, and focuses on how he was honored at each stop. This exhibit will bring to life one of those stops—the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus—where nearly 50,000 citizens paid their respects. Reproduction images are courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Friday, March 2, 2018, in honor of the life of Reverend Billy Graham.