The Eyes of Freedom memorial will make its way through Swanton on the way to the Fulton County Museum this week.
Eyes of Freedom is a traveling memorial honoring the 23 fallen soldiers of the Ohio-based Lima 3/25 Company who lost their lives in 2005 while serving in Iraq. The life-size mural paintings traveling the country honor all military personnel from yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Village of Swanton officials invite area residents to come out and line Airport Highway and Hallett Avenue within the village on Friday to welcome the memorial through town.
At approximately 6:25 p.m., the motorcycle escort for the traveling war memorial will head south on Hallett Avenue towards Airport Highway, turn west, and continue on its way to the Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center near Wauseon
Before reaching Swanton, the memorial will be traveling west on Central Avenue before turning south on Fulton Lucas Road, which turns into Hallett Avenue in the Swanton village limits. It heads west through Delta and Wauseon before turning north on State Route 108.
The Fulton County Museum is located at 8848 State Route 108. An opening ceremony will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. The exhibit will be on display Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from noon to 7 p.m., May 13-17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Swanton Police Department, as well as Swanton Fire/Rescue, will be on hand to welcome the memorial to Swanton.
Village officials advise participants to start lining up along Airport Highway and Hallett Avenue around 6 p.m. in order to be ready for the escort traveling through town around 6:25 p.m.