Morgan County is already holding a piece of history with the Vietnam Wall, but it’s honoring another group of servicemen through art.
The Eyes of Freedom Memorial is on display at the courthouse in McConnelsville. The "life size" memorial honors the 23 fallen marines of the Lima Company.
"We get a lot of different emotions going through, and I’ve been with this since the very beginning, I got to watch the artist create it and everything like that. But, I’ll tell you right now, every time we install this, no matter where it’s at, it’s like seeing it again for the first time," said volunteer Sean Flaharty.
The artist began working on the memorial in 2006, and it took about two years to complete. The display moves all over the country.
"Eventually it will just keep going and keep going. We don’t have a stop in sight. So that’s good. We want this thing to travel, just like the artist originally saw she had a vision of this, and saw it traveling, and that’s what we’re doing."
The display will leave McConnelsville on Memorial Day in the afternoon. Its next stop will be in Cleveland.