It’s not just our NASCAR race car and hauler that’s everywhere, it’s the goal of The Lima Company Memorial to be everywhere too. Director Mike Strahle and his team carry this moving memorial across the country honoring those depicted in the paintings and all those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. This Memorial Day we’re taking time to tell you the rest of the story.
Remember Decoration Day
Did you know that Decoration Day started during the Civil War? People placed flowers at the graves of soldiers, remembering the sacrifices of those who died defending our freedom. The day was a very loosely organized holiday until 1966, when the first federally organized celebration took place in Waterloo, NY. They called it Memorial Day, and we’ve been calling it that ever since. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 established that Memorial Day would be celebrated on the last Monday of May instead of May 30th, which had become the unspoken tradition over the years. Memorial Day is now celebrated with parades and other events in cities all over the United States, recognizing the people who have sacrificed so much in the line of military duty.
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Remember Lima Company
We’re honored to be part of The Lima Company Memorial, designed to honor twenty two Marines and one Navy Corpsman died in the line of duty after their convoy hit an IED in Iraq in 2005. The Lima Company Memorial was envisioned and created by Columbus, Ohio artist Anita Miller. These life sized paintings were created through Anita’s skills with the help and support of the families of the men. The portraits travel around the country with someone who knows what it is like to serve and to lose friends in combat.
Director Mike Strahle served with the Lima Company and survived to tell the story. The paintings are a living reminder to him of sacrifice and he’s dedicated his life to telling their story.
Maybe you followed the memorial to their gala event in Columbus, OH this year, a fundraiser held in the Columbus, Ohio Statehouse, the same spot where the paintings were unveiled in 2008. The event raised over $15,000 and helped expand the reach of their message.
Since then, the memorial has traveled to over seventy sites across the country, including the 2011 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, inspiring people as it travels.
Remembering The Highlanders
We proudly support our troops in other ways too. The Highlanders, the Headquarters Brigade for the Second Brigade Second Infantry Division stationed in Afghanistan, were looking to make a shirt to show their Company pride. To design, create, and ship enough t-shirts for 250 men and women was out of reach. When we heard about their need, we were able to help them purchase shirts to everyone in the company. If you’d like learn about their whole story, you can read more about the Highlanders in Afghanistan here.
We’re proud to be a small part of supporting our troops. We invite you to join us. Visit The Lima Company Memorial on the web, take a look at their schedule and see when they will be near your town. Watch moving video coverage of their travels on YouTube and visit the Lima Company Memorial on Facebook too. While you’re there, take a moment to thank them.
We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Take a moment to remember all of the men and women who are no longer with us.