Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Lima Company Memorial

  • Grove City, OH
  • www.limacompanymemorial.org

Mission Statement

Our nonprofit honors those who answer our nation's call, both those who have died and those who have returned home, many with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. We do these things through a nationally traveling Memorial comprised of life-sized paintings of the 21 members of Lima Company, an Ohio-based Marine reserve unit, and two associated Navy Corpsmen, all of whom died in Iraq in 2005. Soon a life-sized bronze sculpture, The Silent Battle, that depicts a service member grieving the loss of his buddies will be added. This Memorial has now (April 2017) visited 27 states and has been seen by over one million visitors. Testimonials indicates that it has a healing effect on many of those who see it, and, with the addition of The Silent Battle, it will speak to the needs of traumatized returning vets and their families as well as remembering those who made and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. The LIma Company/Eyes of Freedom Traveling National Memorial

ruling year

2007

Executive Director

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Ms Anita Miller

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Lima Company Memorial

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Also Known As

The Eyes of Freedom

EIN

20-8641779

 Number

0996308117

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Single Organization Support (A11)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Creation of 8 painted panels with portraits depicting the 22 Fallen Marines and their Navy Corpsman.

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Program 2

The LIma Company/Eyes of Freedom Traveling National Memorial

As described above, it is a traveling memorial comprised of a circle of life-sized portraits of the fallen men of the Ohio-based Marine Reserve Lima Company, all of whom died in Iraq in 2005. Theirs was the largest loss of any Marine infantry unit since the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. This traveling Memorial is a balm to the hearts of many who see it. Soon it will be joined by the life-sized sculpture The Silent Battle to draw attention to those who have returned from a deployment wounded in body, heart, mind, and spirit.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$300,000

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LIMA COMPANY MEMORIAL, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Lima Company Memorial

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Executive Director

Ms Anita Miller

BIO

The creator of the Lima Company Memorial, Anita began painting and drawing at 30. After Studying at the Columbus College of Art & Design, she taught drawing and painting in her little-log-cabin studio in rural central Ohio as well as workshops in Greece and Western Europe. After creating and continuing to manage the Eyes of Freedom Memorial, she has recently sculpted the Silent Battle, a life-sized bronze that will become the centerpiece of the Memorial to honor the service and sacrifice of returning vets struggling with PTSD and suicide. Anita now lives outside Boulder in Lyons, Colorado, with her husband, Rob. There she enjoys creating art and mountain hiking.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The collective cry of grieving parents pierced my heart in 2005. In response to a nighttime vision and with the help of the families of the fallen, I created the Eyes of Freedom, a nationally touring Memorial honoring the service and sacrifice of Lima Company. As a portrait artist, my challenge was to accurately portray the 23 men killed in action from the Columbus, Ohio-based Marine reserve unit. The life-sized portraits were first displayed in 2008 in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda and then began their national tour.

My hope of bringing comfort to those parents' aching hearts was realized, with the families attesting to their relief. What I didn't know was that was only part of the mission. I was holding a tiger by the tail as the Lima Company Memorial took on a life of its own. Small towns across America began to request the Memorial, since renamed “The Eyes of Freedom," to be displayed in their communities at festivals, schools, government buildings, in military and veterans' events. They had heard of the humbling sense of honor, the powerful reverence, and the healing peace that visitors claimed to experience in the circle of the paintings. The paintings also spoke silently to the hearts of our wounded vets.

Nine years later, our mission has expanded. Traveling the country, we witness the suffering of our vets visiting the Memorial. Post-traumatic stress has risen to epidemic levels as we lose 20 veterans a day to suicide. My team and I are compelled to address this issue. With the forthcoming addition of a life-sized bronze sculpture entitled “Silent Battle" to the Eyes of Freedom Traveling Memorial, we can now heartily say we honor ALL who answer our nation's call, not just those lost in combat. The work depicts a wounded warrior grieving over the dog tags of his fallen brothers, an image that haunted a struggling Gulf War veteran who shared his vision with me. We have already witnessed an overwhelming response just to the clay work in progress and look forward to how it can help our veteran population when they experience the sculpture surrounded by the loving gaze of the fallen in the paintings.

From my grassroots vision, the Eyes of Freedom has grown into a full-time touring exhibition. Our fiscally sound 501(c)(3) is supported by a passionate nine-member board of directors who oversee and guide me as the volunteer executive director, my two full-time staff members who tour with the paintings, the three part-time employees, and a host of volunteers who keep the Eyes of Freedom on the road to over 35 venues a year. R & L Carriers stepped up as our gracious official transportation provider whose generosity allows us to keep our exhibition fee low for our hosts.

This memorial proves that art can be a healing balm to those in pain. Please join our mission in bringing comfort to our veterans and their families. Thank you.

Anita Miller, Artist-Founder-E.D."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Jody Davids

PepsiCo

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