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Eyes of Freedom tell the stories of Lima Company heroes

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PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The atrium at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg this weekend has been turned into an art gallery. The exhibit is called 'Eyes of Freedom' and tells the heroic story of the men and women of Ohio based Lima Company.

People looking into the eyes of the soldiers each see different characteristics.

"Love. Homesickness. Country," says Marge Sloan.

The life-sized paintings are by Columbus artist Anita Miller. The exhibit travels the country and visits close to 35 cities every year.

"Oh it's breathtaking and awesome," said Wanda Thompson of the 'Eyes of Freedom.'

You may remember Lima Company. Between May and August of 2005, 22 Marines and one Navy corpsman died in service to our country while deployed in Iraq. Eighteen were from Ohio and based out of Columbus.

Michael Strahle of Bryan belonged to Lima Company.

"When you're looking into these eyes, these guys, it doesn't have to be my men. It can be men Vietnam vets served with forty years ago. It can be World War II vets," said Strahle.

Strahle was wounded in battle and now tours the country with paintings depicting the story of his brothers in arms.

"Hopefully at the end of this you're proud of them, proud of the men that have doing their job and keeping us safe. More of a remembrance than anything," said Strahle.

The exhibit will be on display through 5:00 p.m. Saturday June 14.

For more information visit: www.limacompanymemorial.org

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