State Capitol displaying moving tribute to fallen soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–At the State Capitol, Connecticut has a permanent wall honoring the heroes from our state who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

But now, in the south lobby of the capitol, is another moving tribute to all of the nation’s fallen service men and women.

The ‘Fallen Flags Project’ was created by Farmington-based artist Rebbeca Fellows.

“I wanted people to look at every one of these faces, and my hope is that every time you look at one of these faces you realize that these are very young people,” Fellows said.

The exhibit currently consists of six American flags, each one with one thousand 170 tiles, holding a photograph of every fallen soldier from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

‘There were three reasons why I did this project. First was to honor those soldiers, second was to give some comfort to the families and other soldiers, but the third reason was Americans need a reminder that this is still going,” Fellows said.

She began the project in 2007, after losing a close friend in the fighting.

“As an artist, this is how I responded,” she said.

In addition to those killed in action, Fellows hopes this project will also remind people that hundreds of thousands of other soldiers and their families continue to be impacted mentally and physically by the conflicts.

“It’s a silent group, just working to get through it, but I was hopeful that all of us in our communities could remember these folks are out there,” she said.

Fellows said that the project will only be finished when all of America’s fighting men and women are back home.

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