(AP) -- A traveling exhibit highlighting hand-sketched portraits of fallen Illinois service members is on display in southern Illinois.
It's called "Portrait of a
Soldier" and features about 300 fallen soldiers who have been killed since
Sept. 11, 2001. It's been in Troy and Tinley Park.
The event will be on display in Centralia starting Tuesday at Kaskaskia College
and will be available for viewing until Sept. 24.
The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
says the first portrait was drawn by Mattoon
artist Cameron Schilling in 2004 after a Mattoon
soldier was killed. Schilling gave the drawing to the soldier's parent to
express his sympathy for this loss.
Since then he's decided to draw a portrait
of every fallen Illinois