COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ten years ago (August 3, 2005), 14 members of Ohio’s Lima Company lost their lives in a single explosion.
It was a devastating day in the middle of a deployment that was marked by unbearable loss. During that seven-month deployment, 22 Marines and a Navy corpsman died in action.
Lima Company came home to streets lined with thousands of people who wanted to honor their service and remember their fallen brothers. Artist Anita Miller was so moved by the patriotic display and the sacrifices of these young men that she was inspired to create life-sized portraits of the soldiers who would never come home.
For two and a half years, she dedicated her life to the project. Then, the families of the fallen soldiers donated their boots, and the “Eyes of Freedom” memorial was born.
NBC4’s Colleen Marshall and photographer Andy Banks went with the Eyes of Freedom when it made its debut in Washington D.C. The story was part of our Red, White and Boom celebration, and we share it again as a reminder that freedom isn’t free.