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R+L Carriers Transports Lima Company Memorial to 75th Annual Sturgis Bike Week
75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally showcased The “Eyes of Freedom” traveling memorial which depicts 22 fallen Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman who lost their lives while serving in Iraq in 2005.
Hundreds of thousands bikers descend onto the small town of Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, but this year marked the 75th anniversary and attendance boasted 1.5 million motorcycles. In addition to countless activities surrounding the weeklong event, large groups of bikers take day-trips throughout the Black Hills and beyond to several attractions including one of the most iconic symbols of American freedom and democracy; Mount Rushmore National Park.
“Every culture that makes up the fabric of this country is represented at Sturgis and the surrounding Black Hills.” said Eyes of Freedom Director, Mike Strahle. "One of the most important gifts we can give visitors of the Lima Company Memorial is an understanding of appreciation for the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to defend our freedom.”
New elements have been added to the “Eyes of Freedom” Lima Memorial since the initial completion and 2008 unveiling. Heavy steel frames have been replaced with aluminum frames and a video accompanies the exhibit which highlight the past seven years of being on the road. An additional painting has also been added, depicting three support Marines who were also killed in the same 2005 incident: Cpl. David “Bear” Stewart of Bogalusa, Louisiana; LCpl. Kevin Waruinge of Tampa, Florida and Sgt. Bradley Harper of Dresden, Ohio.
About the Lima Company Memorial
Created by artist Anita Miller of Columbus, Ohio to honor the Ohio-based Marine Reserve unit, once known as “Lucky Lima,” one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The memorial contains life-sized paintings of each of the 26 fallen heroes. Names and statistics of each of the fallen men, an ever-living candle, boots and space for visitors to leave mementos make up this moving memorial installation. Official transportation provider R+L Carriers has made national growth possible and since 2011, the Lima Company Memorial has been viewed at over 150 events across the nation.
For more images and more information about “The Eyes of Freedom” Lima Company Memorial exhibit, visit www.limacompanymemorial.org