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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Portrait of a Soldier Exhibit

In 2004, art student Cameron Schilling heard that a soldier from his hometown of Mattoon had been killed in Iraq. As a gesture of sympathy, he drew his first "portrait of a soldier" and gave it to the man's parents. Since then, he has completed portraits of over 190 Illinois soldiers who have died since September 11, 2001.

The Lieutenant Governor's office has created a traveling exhibit of the portraits and Roselle Public Library is honored to be hosting the exhibit from August 1 - 7.
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn opened the exhibit on August 1st with a beautiful tribute to Staff Sgt. Paul Latourney who was killed in Iraq in March 2007. Mayor Smolinsky read a proclamation declaring August 1st, Staff Sgt. Paul Latourney Day in Roselle and presented the proclamation to SSgt. Latourney's mother.

Please stop by the Library and see this moving exhibit. As the Lt. Gov. said in his remarks "Look into the eyes..." of the brave men and women in the portraits and realize the sacrifice they made for our freedom.

See Daily Herald coverage of the exhibit. See photos of the exhibit at the Library. See all of the portraits online.


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