February 15 2017

'Faces of Remembrance' Tribute Wall to Massachusetts Soldiers Coming to Historical Society


The Burlington Historical Society will be hosting an organization that is working to remember all the men and women of the armed forces with a Massachusetts connection who have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001.


The Operation Home Ties and Faces of Remembrance is coming to the society’s meeting on Thursday, March 2, starting at 7 p.m.


“The Living Wall will be on display at our meeting for all present to see,” a release states. “It is awesome!”


Operation Home Ties is a volunteer mission by local portrait artist, Gina Johnson, and her brother, Paul Roth, to honor the memory of all fallen servicemen and women, starting with those who have ties to Massachusetts and served since 9/11/01, the group’s website states.


“Each name is replaced with a detailed pencil Memory Portrait which is presented to their families and shared on a Traveling Tribute Wall call called ‘Faces of Remembrance’ as a reminder that we remain the land of the free because of our brave members of the United States Military,” the website reads.

According to the site, the project’s inspiration came to Gina in December 2007, after seeing an online tribute to our Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. Accessing the links to photos and articles, Gina – a self proclaimed “volunteer-aholic” and mother of two, made a personal connection as she looked into each of their eyes and read the heartfelt message repeated by their parents saying that they did not want their son or daughter to be forgotten. It was at that moment that she felt compelled to reach out using her artistic touch to pay it forward to each family by presenting them with a hand drawn memory portrait of their loved one as a gesture of support and healing.


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