Project Compassion honors Memorial Day.


Beth Belle and Michael Belle, the parents of Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Kirven, hold up their portrait of their son.   Nicholas was killed in Afghanistan.

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Project Compassion has been highlighted as one of the most worthy tributes to honor the patriotic Americans who sacrificed their lives for the sake of their country and loved ones.

Project Compassion was a non-profit organization that had a goal of painting every American military service person who had been killed in the line of duty. The list of deceased that were to be honored in Project Compassion dated back to the day of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

This organization began in 2003 as the pet project of Kaziah Hancock, an artist. Since then, over 1000 portraits have been painted and presented to the families of the deceased. The paintings were given away free of charge.

Project Compassion grew from the efforts of one artist to five artists. They were able to present 50 portraits monthly. The families of the deceased were very appreciative of the special mementos that were given to them.

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