CCI and Spear sponsored the “Eyes of Freedom Lima Company Memorial and Silent Battle” exhibit in Lewiston, Idaho March 2 – 4. The premiere of the statue “Silent Battle” was in Lewiston and the model for the statue, Ryan Zimmerman, attended along with artist Anita Miller.
“The Eyes of Freedom” are life-size paintings of the 23 fallen soldiers of Lima Company 3 Battalion/25 Regiment, one of the hardest hit units in Iraqi Freedom. The convoy was hit by the largest IED blast ever recorded in Iraq in 2005, resulting in the death of these soldiers. These portraits now travel the entire country, honoring “ALL Who Answer Our Nation’s Call; Then, Now, and Tomorrow.”
“It was so emotional,” said Jeanette LaVance, an employee at CCI/Speer. “It was truly a wonderful experience for our employees and their families who attended this event.”
The life-size bronze statue “Silent Battle,” unveiled for the first time at the Lewiston, Idaho exhibit, was inspired by combat Veteran Brian Zimmerman from Minnesota. It pays tribute and shows reverence for those who suffer or have been lost to Post Traumatic Stress. The sculpture shows a grieving warrior holding the dog tags of his fallen brothers and sisters communicating that we are not alone in our pain.
Learn more about the Eyes of Freedom Lima Company Traveling Memorial.