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Coins Presented at Eyes of Freedom Memorial in Lynchburg

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Lynchburg, VA - After a week on display in Lynchburg, the Eyes of Freedom Memorial is being packed up to head to another town, but not before a special send-off.

On Thursday, the Lynchburg chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart placed challenge coins on the boots of each of the 26 men killed in action in Iraq in 2005, who are depicted in the portraits.

The group is also having plaques made, that will travel with the display.

The memorial's director says Lynchburg is the best place they've visited because of the strong veteran community we have here.

"It's powerful. It's painful. It's upsetting. But it's prideful and strong," said Mike Strahle, Eyes of Freedom Memorial Director. "There's just something about it that makes you walk out taller than when you walked in."

The truck that carries the portraits will leave Lynchburg at 1p.m. Friday from Monument Terrace. It will receive a police and motorcycle escort to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford before heading home to Ohio.

The memorial will tour Florida next month.

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