Author Archives for Sean Flaharty

Edgerton High School on November 18th & 19th in Edgerton, Ohio

January 26, 2020 7:39 pm Published by Comments Off on Edgerton High School on November 18th & 19th in Edgerton, Ohio

The 2019 touring year for the Eyes of Freedom ended at Edgerton, Ohio. While we had visited the Edgerton High School in 2015, we had a lot more to offer in 2019. This was about a close to perfect in regards to the way we were hoping to end our year. This quick, yet very meaningful, event was filled with dozens of...  


Shawnee State College on November 5th – 7th in Portsmouth, Ohio

January 26, 2020 7:37 pm Published by Comments Off on Shawnee State College on November 5th – 7th in Portsmouth, Ohio

About a year in planning, our new friends at Shawnee State College pulled out all the stops, providing a very powerful event. There were many highlights during our quick trip to the college including a visit from a local firefighter, who also served with Lima Company 3/25 and hadn’t seen the portraits since our opening day in May of 2008....  


The 2019 Circleville Pumpkin Show on October 15th – 19th in Circleville, Ohio

January 26, 2020 7:35 pm Published by Comments Off on The 2019 Circleville Pumpkin Show on October 15th – 19th in Circleville, Ohio

For the fifth year in a row, the Eyes of Freedom team was, once again, honored to have the exhibit on display at the 2019 Circleville Pumpkin Show. This is, by far, one of the largest events we do every year. Many friends were made during the past five years and it was great to see so many familiar faces....  


The 2019 Bob Evans Farm Fest on October 11th – 13th in Rio Grande, Ohio

January 26, 2020 7:33 pm Published by Comments Off on The 2019 Bob Evans Farm Fest on October 11th – 13th in Rio Grande, Ohio

For the second time, the Eyes of Freedom was honored to take part in the tradition that is the Bob Evans Farm Fest. Thousands arrive at the Bob Evans Farm to enjoy a couple of days of fun, while getting to learn about the EoF and our military. The local Marine recruiters were on hand with information for possible future service members....  


Rocky Mountain Regional VA on September 22nd – 28th in Aurora, Colorado

January 26, 2020 7:28 pm Published by Comments Off on Rocky Mountain Regional VA on September 22nd – 28th in Aurora, Colorado

Our second ever visit to a Veteran’s Affair facility happened in September at the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain Regional VA in Aurora, Colorado. Not only was visiting a second VA a very important step in our history, the fact that the display was on display at THE largest VA for mental health meant the world to us as this was the...  


Eyes of Freedom in Findlay on September 8th – 14th in Findlay, Ohio

January 26, 2020 7:26 pm Published by Comments Off on Eyes of Freedom in Findlay on September 8th – 14th in Findlay, Ohio

This was another event that was in the planning stages for about a year. Our first time in Findlay, Ohio brought us to the beautiful Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Not only did the EoF look incredible in the venue, we were surprised when members of The Family Stone showed up to take a look. The group was performing during one of...  


The Chalmers Wylie VA on September 4th – 6th in Columbus, Ohio

January 26, 2020 7:24 pm Published by Comments Off on The Chalmers Wylie VA on September 4th – 6th in Columbus, Ohio

Since the very first unveiling of the Eyes of Freedom in 2008, the team has always wanted the EoF to be on display at a Veterans Affairs office. This finally became a reality thanks to a random meeting in a Columbus, Ohio record store. Our first ever visit to a VA took place at the Chalmers Wylie VA in Columbus. Both staff...  


Eyes of Freedom with The Wall on April 10th – 13th in Livonia, Michigan

January 26, 2020 7:22 pm Published by Comments Off on Eyes of Freedom with The Wall on April 10th – 13th in Livonia, Michigan

Back in Michigan for another large event, this time in Livonia. Another large escort brought us into town along side with a traveling version of the Vietnam Wall, as well as several other patriotic displays, all sharing a similar mission; to honor all! The Eyes of Freedom and Silent Battle were welcomed with open arms. As far as the amount...  


The Empire State Balloon Festival on June 21st – 23rd in Poughquag, New York

January 26, 2020 7:20 pm Published by Comments Off on The Empire State Balloon Festival on June 21st – 23rd in Poughquag, New York

 Thanks to PepsiCo, we were able to take part in the Empire State Balloon Festival. The outdoor version of the EoF from front and center, looking over all the activity of the event. While it was too windy for all the balloons to fly, the still inflated and presented an incredible “glow” for all to see. Once the winds slowed, an incredible...  


The Fulton County Museum & Welcome Center on May 11th – 18th in Wauseon, Ohio

January 26, 2020 7:16 pm Published by Comments Off on The Fulton County Museum & Welcome Center on May 11th – 18th in Wauseon, Ohio

Back in Ohio, we were welcomed into Wauseon with the largest single escort for the Eyes of Freedom. Hundreds of motorcycles, law enforcement and first responder vehicles along with hundreds of observers lined the streets, opening their hearts to the EoF. We couldn’t have been happier with the results. With an emotional and packed opening ceremony, the week started off, and...