Amanda Raus, Chris Podosek
The project, which is displayed at New Haven City Hall, shows the faces of the more than 6,000 men and women who have lost their lives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Army Col. Brian Allgood died on Jan. 20, 2007, when the Blackhawk helicopter he was in was shot down in Iraq and a dear friend decided she needed to do something to honor her fallen friend.
Rebecca Fellows, a Collinsville artist, is honoring Allgood through the Fallen Flags Project,
“This is a memorial to soldiers that have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it's set up chronologically by the order of a soldier's death, so in the first flag in the upper corner, we have the first soldier we ever lost,” said Fellows, whose Fallen Flags Project is on display in New Haven City Hall.
The Fallen Flags Project doesn't just list the names of the fallen, it also shows the faces of the more than 6,000 soldiers who lost their lives. Fellows said she wanted to make the display personal.
“I wanted people to be able to not only know the names, which they can know in the books I put together, but I wanted them to be able to stand here and see the youth, just the people from all walks of life, how young so many of these soldiers are,” Fellows said.
The display is still expanding.
“Since the display came here, we've had at least 25 more deaths. We yesterday lost a member of Seal Team Six, so that's my next step, to prepare those faces and those frames,” said Fellows.
Fellows would like to take the display to Hartford after it finishes showing in New Haven. Ultimately, she would like it displayed in Washington, D.C.