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COLUMBUS, OHIO – 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 17. 

“The Ohio Statehouse is proud to again host this important and emotional exhibition that honors our country’s heroes and recognize the contributions that our service men and women make to our country,” said William E. Carleton, Executive Director of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. 

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 
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 

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Statehouse and Capitol Square while providing for the health, safety and convenience of those who work in or visit the complex. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center coordinates tours of Capitol Square and provides information about the buildings, their history and Ohio's government. 

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