Traveling Iraq War memorial opens in GR

A ceremony to open the Eyes of Freedom exhibit at Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care in Grand Rapids. (April 28, 2014)
A ceremony to open the Eyes of Freedom exhibit at Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care in Grand Rapids. (April 28, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A traveling Iraq War memorial opened to the public in Grand Rapids Monday.

The Eyes of Freedom exhibit at Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care in Grand Rapids. (April 28, 2014)The Eyes of Freedom exhibit honors one of the hardest-hit units that served as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to a release. It features life-sized portraits of 22 Marines and a Navy corpsman from Lima Company 3/25 who were killed in Iraq.

A motorcade made up of the Patriot Guard Riders, the Leatherneck Riders and the American Legion Riders, as well as the Wyoming Police Department, escorted the semi-truck carrying the exhibit into Grand Rapids Sunday afternoon.

Eyes of Freedom is being displayed at Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, located at 3627 Linden Avenue SE.

Monday morning, there was a brief ceremony to open the memorial to the public.

Hours the memorial is open to the public this week:

  • Monday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grand Rapids is the exhibit’s 100th stop. Its next stop will be Cleveland, Ohio.

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The Eyes of Freedom memorial to Operation Iraqi Freedom arrives in Grand Rapids. (April 27, 2014)
(The Eyes of Freedom memorial arrives in Grand Rapids. April 27, 2014)
The Eyes of Freedom memorial to Operation Iraqi Freedom arrives in Grand Rapids. (April 27, 2014)
(The Eyes of Freedom memorial arrives in Grand Rapids. April 27, 2014)
A ceremony to open the Eyes of Freedom exhibit at Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care in Grand Rapids. (April 28, 2014)
(A ceremony to open the Eyes of Freedom memorial. April 28, 2014)

 

The Eyes of Freedom exhibit at Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care in Grand Rapids. (April 28, 2014)
(The Eyes of Freedom memorial. April 28, 2014)
The Eyes of Freedom exhibit at Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care in Grand Rapids. (April 28, 2014)
(The Eyes of Freedom memorial. April 28, 2014)
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