• Tue. Jun 21st, 2022

Eyes of Liberty: The Lima Society Memorial at Casper College

ByJanice K. Merrill

Jun 8, 2022

Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial (Screenshot from a 2018 YouTube video when he last visited Casper)

CASPER, Wyo.– The Casper College Veterans Club hosts the Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial. The memorial will be on display on campus June 19-24 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. It will be located on the third floor of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Nicolas Whipps, Coordinator of Veterans and Military Student Services, says, “Since 2017, Casper College has hosted a traveling military memorial on our campus each summer to honor all of our military past, present, and future. and bring our community together.

This year, Casper College says it is “honoured and honoured” that it can present a memorial dedicated to the honor of the Company of Marines of Lima and the service and sacrifice of all who answer the call of our nation.

The life-size murals of the 23 dead of Lima 3/25 now travel across the country. The memorial was last visited in Casper in 2018.

There will be a memorial escort starting at Hat Six Truck Stop and ending at Casper College. The scheduled time for the escort is Saturday, June 18 at 3:30 p.m. It will feature 100 different motorcycles and other vehicles.

On Monday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gateway Building 2nd Floor, there will be an opening ceremony which will have special guests Governor Mark Gordon and Mike Strahle, the latter of whom served with the dead at this memorial.

There will be a Military Appreciation BBQ on Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. on the Upper Lot of the Gateway Building sponsored by the Casper Sinclair Refinery, where free food will be offered to all past and present military personnel.

The Eyes of Freedom Memorial aims to honor all who have, are currently, or will serve in the United States Armed Forces. It features life-size portraits of the dead from Lima Company 3/25, which was one of the hardest hit units of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Eyes of Freedom Memorial, delivered by R+L Carriers, is a living traveling tribute that will continue to remind everyone of the costs of freedom.

Courtesy of Eyes of Freedom Memorial Facebook

There are original life-size paintings that are complete with the combat boots of the individuals standing at the bottom of the portraits. It not only shows those who have dedicated their lives to serving in the military, but also how much they have sacrificed while doing so.

The experience comes to life with the full-time staff: Mike Strahle, a Purple Heart combat vet who served with the dead in the paints, and Sean Flaharty, the company’s historian and logistics manager. Both staff members are experienced and eloquent public speakers.

The group’s new initiative aims to help veterans and their families struggling with post-traumatic stress and suicide. Their goal is to raise awareness and emotional support, provide scholarships for children of veteran combatants who have committed suicide, and fund research on post-traumatic stress.

This traveling memorial will touch your hearts and hopes to show the depth of the sacrifices of those who heard the call of the nation.

Here’s a video of the last time the Eyes of Freedom passed through Casper.