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  • Remebering a Hero

    Posted on 5/23/15 - by Eddie Hogan
    I knew Guy from the Sea Rangers and the old neighborhood. I am crying this Memorial Day week-end as I pay tribute to him, Joe Lipton, and all the young patriots who perished in that terrible war.

    Semper Fi, my fellow Marine.
  • Semper Fi, Marine.

    Posted on 7/30/14 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/29/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LCPL Guido Farinaro, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • A friend always remembered.

    Posted on 5/24/13 - by Vic Pafundi

    Years go by but memories never fade. Well Done Guido, once a Marine always a Marine! Semper Fi Guy!





    ARLINGTON, Virginia - 07 June 2007 –

    For two years, the American public has been given a personal look into the sacrifices of U.S. troops serving in Iraq and
    Afghanistan through the Faces of the Fallen exhibit.

    Now the portraits of fallen troops that adorned the walls of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here are
    being taken down and sent home to the families of the troops to serve as a lasting tribute to their service.

    After an extended two-year run, the exhibit, which features 1,139 portraits of fallen servicemembers painted by 200 professional artists from across the U.S., is closing June 10. Family members, military leaders and visitors gathered today to pay tribute to those whose memories are honored and to thank those who made the exhibit possible.

    Marine Corps General PETER PACE, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called today a chance to remember that “ for some
    232 years, incredible men and women have volunteered to serve our nation, all knowing the dangers involved, some giving their

    Pace said the exhibit reminds him of a photo he keeps on his desk of Marine Corps Lance Corporal GUIDO FARINARO, the
    first Marine under Pace’s command to die in Vietnam.

    “ I know how much his picture means to me; I know how much these portraits mean to the families,” Pace said.

    Faces of the Fallen opened in March 2005, and the exhibit has seen more than 650,000 visitors since.

    The portraits, done free by the artists, honor the memories of the first 1,319 servicemembers to die in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    One of those honored is Army Corporal MATTHEW A. COMMONS, who was killed in Afghanistan in March 2002 during a mission to rescue a Navy SEAL who fell from a helicopter.

    Commons’ father, GREG COMMONS, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, said today that Matthew was enthusiastic about his service and was dedicated to his fellow servicemembers.

    He died along with six of his comrades that day, and their story of heroism will be one of many used to teach future generations about sacrifice, Greg said.

    “ Although the men and women in Faces of the Fallen are displayed individually, it’s the groups -- the groups of two or three,
    and in Matt’s case, the group of seven -- that are the book covers to these stories,” Commons said. “ They’re the sources
    that teachers and historians will use in the years to come to inform new generations about what it means to serve. This time,
    those stories will be told to the sons and daughters, the nieces and nephews, the grandsons and granddaughters of the men
    and women who are pictured in this exhibit.”

    Commons, a high school teacher of U.S. government and history, said he is proud of his son’s service and commitment to the country. He recalled a conversation with his nephew, Matthew’s closest friend, shortly after his death. Although he was
    dealing with extreme grief, his nephew reminded him that, if given the chance, Matthew would have volunteered all over again
    and gone on the same mission.

    “ I don’t wake up in the morning wondering why my son died; I know why he died,” Commons said. “ He performed the ultimate community service; he gave his life trying to save the life of someone else. Of that I can’t be more proud. These paintings, these carvings, these etchings, these faces of the fallen, pay tribute to another generation of young men and women who have answered the nation’s call.”

    At today’s ceremony, six portraits were symbolically presented to family members.

    The remainder of the portraits will be packed and returned to family members over the coming weeks.

    The many hundreds of items of memorabilia and tokens of remembrance left with the portraits will be archived by the National Park Service.

    Speaking to the family members at the ceremony, Pace said he hopes the exhibit has demonstrated that the nation cares,
    and will always care, about the sacrifices they have made. He also pledged the dedication of all those in uniform to carrying
    on the legacy the fallen troops left behind.

    Faces of the Fallen was conceived by Washington, D.C., portrait artist ANNETTE POLAN.

    She said she was inspired by a lack of recognition for the fallen troops and hoped the power of the groups of artists would pull America together to honor those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

    “ Faces of the Fallen has brought Americans together to mourn and to celebrate lives lost,” she said. “ American artists gave
    each an identity and a face that will always be remembered by a family, by a school, by a community, and in turn, by a country. This is what we look like; this is who we are.”

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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit