FedEx Hosts 'The Lost Heroes Art Quilt' at FedEx Freight Headquarters in Harrison, Arkansas
A gift to the nation honoring America's fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, "The Lost Heroes Art Quilt" continues its national tour with a special viewing at the FedEx Freight Headquarters in Harrison, Ark., today through February 15.
A gift to the nation honoring America's fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, "The Lost Heroes Art Quilt" continues its national tour with a special viewing at the FedEx Freight Headquarters in Harrison, Ark., today through February 15. FedEx Freight is now generously supporting the Quilt's national tour by providing free shipping.
"We are delighted that FedEx has stepped up to provide free transportation for the Quilt as it travels across the country from one exhibition venue to the next," said Julie Feingold, the artist who created the Quilt. "We thought it was only fitting that FedEx employees should have the experience of viewing the Quilt right in their headquarters and seeing the good work that they are supporting. We are extremely thankful for their support."
"FedEx considers it a privilege to transport the Quilt on its journey throughout the United States," said William J. Logue, president and CEO, FedEx Freight. "We're pleased that FedEx employees in Harrison will be able to view the Quilt and participate in its important mission to honor those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom."
Ms. Feingold created the 5.5-foot by 15-foot Quilt as a non-political contemporary work of art. The artist's intention is that the heroes represented on the Quilt are symbolic representatives of all of our fallen heroes. With that in mind, the Quilt 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.
On the bottom row of the Quilt, beneath all of the heroes, Ms. Feingold has silk-screened the words to the third verse of "America the Beautiful," which was written by Catherine Lee Bates when she stood on top of Pikes Peak in 1893.
Local Fallen Heroes
The Quilt includes one fallen hero with roots in Arkansas:
• Army Staff Sergeant Justin M. Estes represents Arkansas in the center of the Quilt
'What We Do in Life Echoes in Eternity' "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, D.C., 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.