The Portraits of Honour National Tour is scheduled to arrive at The Forks in Winnipeg on September 28th, 2011.
The Portraits of Honour National Tour is centered on a 10′ x 35′ oil painted mural featuring the hand painted portraits of the 155 Canadian solders, sailors and aircrew who have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan. The mural has taken Kinsmen and volunteer artist Dave Sopha over 6,500 hours so far to paint but admits that his work won’t be complete until our combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a close.
Since May 27th, 2011, the mural has been touring across Canada in a specialized mobile display trailer and organizers expect to raise over $1.5 million. The funds will support the Military Families Fund and established military charities to assist families of the fallen and to assist the thousands of military personnel who return home with physical or emotional injuries. Organizers will also seek to fund other charities who offer additional troop and family support that falls outside of the Military Families Fund mandate.
The Kinsmen club of Winnipeg will be hosting the mural display at the Forks Market on Wednesday, September 28th from 12pm-7pm, with the dedication ceremony at 12:30pm.