There are 1,319 individual portraits in the exhibit of the Faces of the Fallen. There is also one collective portrait representing all of these soldiers who died during our country’s fight against Afghanistan and Iraq. These works of art are done by 226 artists, professional and students, from different parts of America. They used different media in portraying the Faces of the Fallen. There were paintings that used watercolor, oil, acrylic, clay, silk screen, glass, fabric, charcoal, and pencil according to the preference and interpretation of the assigned artists.
Each portrait contains this information: name, age, rank, date of death, and hometown of our heroes as well as the artist who made the artwork.
These portraits are currently on display as part of the Faces of the Fallen exhibit. They will, later on, be given to the respective families of the service men and women who died fighting for our country.
The portraits are arranged according to the date of death of our fallen heroes.
This was made possible through the voluntary efforts of private individuals. They solicited funding from the corporate sector and individual donors.
The Faces of the Fallen is an art exhibit and not in any way affiliated to any government agency or political party.
As much as we tried, this exhibit does not include all of our fallen heroes who died during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2004. This limitation stemmed from the fact that we do not have a comprehensive list of all the men and women who lost their lives during this period and there were no available photographs for some of them. Organizers claim that these portraits of the fallen are just representative of all those who gave up their lives for our country. They may not have been depicted in portraits but their services are nonetheless honored and appreciated.