COL(R) Bill Hecker Jr. and his wife, Nancy, escorted the Lost Heroes Art Quilt from Montgomery, Ala., to Columbus Sunday.
The quilt will be displayed in the main lobby at the National Infantry Museum throughout the week before being escorted to Atlanta to hang in the Georgia State Capitol building.
The Heckers’ son, MAJ Bill Hecker III, was killed Jan. 5, 2006 when an improvised explosive device hit the vehicle he was traveling in while deployed with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq.
The Lost Heroes Art Quilt was created by Julie Feingold to honor the more than 5,000 service members who’ve lost their lives in the Global War on Terrorism.
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The quilt includes the childhood photos of 82 service members — one to represent the fallen in each of the 50 states, and 32 along the top of the 14-foot quilt.
The quilt is accompanied by a book of stories about each of the featured service members. For more information, visit www.LostHeroesArtQuilt.org.