NEWPORT, R.I. -- “Without a witness, they will disappear” is the phrase that is above the Lost Heroes Art quilt. The artist, Julie Feingold, feels deeply about the need to remember, never forget, those who sacrificed their lives while fighting for their country.
Dedicated September 25, 2009, at the Families United Gold Star Family Dinner held in Washington, D.C., the quilt is now on a national exhibit tour. The quilt will be on display at the Naval War College Museum from April 2 through April 13.
Although only a 5-foot by 15-foot display, it is thought-provoking look at the faces and lives of the courageous men and women who are immortalized on this fabric. The viewer sees a photograph which is supplemented with words detailing the hero’s uniqueness. It addresses those qualities that made the individual: the personality, daily interests, dreams, hopes, their character. The words, taken from letters Ms. Feingold received from the mothers and family members, are silk-screened around the squares.
The American Heroes Art Project Foundation is a grassroots, volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and remember those who have sacrificed in the service of their country. The foundation offers a companion book to go with the quilt
) and its features stories on each of the eighty-two individuals. The quilt, in its design, has a center section with 50 heroes representing each of the fifty states. They, in turn, are bordered by another thirty-two. Together they represent the rich diversity of our country. The names are of those who were lost prior to July 4, 2009; but the universality of the concept will help others as they struggle to deal with the death of a loved one.
Rhode Island is represented on the quilt by Lance Corporal Matthew K. Serio. Growing up in North Providence, he entered into the Marine Corps right out of high school. He died on April 5, 2004, in Fallujah. Go to http://lcplseriousmc.org/ to learn more about Matt.
The Naval War College Museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The Museum is free and open to the public, however reservations are required and photo ID must be presented for all visitors 18 years old and over. To make a reservation please call (401) 841-4052 or 2101 by 3:00 pm the day before the event. The museum is accessible to visitors through Gate 1 of the Newport Naval Station.
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From Naval War College Museum