"Lost Heroes Art Quilt" at Airborne & Special Operations Museum

Posted by DarthDilbert at 3/16/2010 12:07:00 PM

Press release --

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Honoring America’s fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, "The Lost Heroes Art Quilt" continues its national tour at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, March 13-20.

Artist Julie Feingold created the 5.5-foot by 15-foot Quilt as a non-political contemporary work of art. It includes 82 heroes reflecting the diversity of America – 50 in the center of the Quilt representing each state in the U.S. and 32 around the border. A photograph and poignant words describing each hero’s unique personality, interests, dreams and hopes appear around each hero’s square on the Quilt, permanently memorializing each life.

The Quilt includes nine fallen heroes with roots in North Carolina:
* Army Captain Christopher S. Cash represents North Carolina in the center of the Quilt
* Army Captain Jeremy Alan Chandler was a member of the 1st Bn, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
* Army Private First Class Robert H. Dembowski Jr. served with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, NC
* Army Staff Sergeant Justin M. Estes served with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, NC
* Marine Lance Corporal Daniel McVicker was stationed in North Carolina
* Army Captain Christopher P. Petty was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina
* Army Specialist Michael Rodriguez was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina
* Army Private Bryan Nicholas Spry served with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, NC
* Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Keith Yoakum flew for the U.S. Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights, out of Ft. Bragg, NC

"The 'Lost Heroes Art Quilt' honors and remembers those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country," said Ms. Feingold. "By recognizing their
character, I hope to inspire others to find their own path toward community service and active citizenship. If you take just one name with you and remember it, our heroes will not be forgotten – the actions of a single person can make a powerful difference."

The Quilt was dedicated at the Families United Gold Star Family Dinner in Washington, DC, last fall and included in the keystone "Time of Remembrance" event at the U.S. Capitol, sponsored by the White House Commission on Remembrance. The Quilt began its national exhibition tour at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitors Center.

Located in downtown Fayetteville, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum is part of the U.S. Army Museum System and tells the story of Army airborne and special operations units from 1940 to the present. Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday; open Federal holiday Mondays. For more information call 910.643.2774 or visit the website at www.asomf.org.


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