ACWORTH NEWS FOR THIS WEEK – Eyes of Freedom, Operation Toy Soldier

EYES OF FREEDOM: Lima Company Memorial on Display in Acworth

On July 29 through July 31, the City of Acworth and Georgia Funeral Care will host The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial in Tanyard Creek Overlook at the Acworth Community Center (4361 Cherokee Street). This nationally traveling tribute’s mission is to “Honor the service and sacrifice of all who answer our Nation’s call.” The memorial exhibition features 23 life sized portraits of the fallen Marines and Navy Corpsman of Lima Company. Their eyes reflect the thousands of men and women who have given their lives and served our Nation. Their own boots stand at the base of their portraits, creating a tangible representation of their sacrifice. This exhibition will be free and open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30 and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. More information about the Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial can be found at The Acworth Bureau Tourism authority would like to thank Cobb Travel & Tourism and Hummingbird Hideaway for their support in hosting this event.



In partnership with the City of Acworth, Georgia Funeral Care is hosting The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial in Tanyard Creek Overlook at the Acworth Community Center (4361 Cherokee Street), Thursday through Saturday, July 29-31. What a perfect time for Georgia Funeral Care to kick off their Operation Toy Solder Christmas Toy Drive. Operation Toy Soldier is a nation wide program of the funeral homes in the Veterans Funeral Care network. Georgia Funeral Care is an active member of this group

Most of the funeral homes in the Veterans Funeral Care network are owned and run by veterans or, are the children of veterans. We get questions about types of toys needed. A football or soccer ball is a big hit. Barbie Dolls and coloring books are huge. If your 5-10 year old would like it, our kids will love it too.

It is very important to us that you understand that even though Operation Toy Soldier is a nationwide toy drive, all the toys you donate STAY LOCAL. When you donate a toy in the Atlanta area, the toy goes to a soldier’s family in Atlanta.

We ask the visitors to The EYES OF FREEDOM Exhibit to consider bringing a new toy and drop it in the collection barrels provided. The gifts can be for boys or girls ages infant to 18. The gifts will be provided for children of soldiers currently deployed. We are using the Eyes of Freedom Exhibit to launch “Christmas in August” and will collect toys throughout the month of August and through the fall.

For now, drop off points are the Acworth Community Center (starting July 29th) and Georgia Funeral Care, 4671 S. Main St., Acworth.  By August we will have a list of drop off locations through out Acworth.

Georgia Funeral Care is also accepting cash donations to purchase gift cards for the teenagers who are so often not thought about in toy drive
For more information about Operation Toy Drive or to become a drop off point for toys, please call 678-574-3016.