RIPR News
6:48 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Quilt commemorates fallen soldiers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A very special quilt is on display this week at the Statehouse. It's called the Lost Heroes Quilt.

It's a five by fifteen foot tapestry commemorating the men and women who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each state is represented by a single serviceperson.

For Rhode Island, it's Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Serio who died in Iraq
in 2004 at the age of 21 during his second tour of duty.

His mother, Sharon Serio says he died doing what he wanted to do.

"Matt loved his country," she says. "He loved being on a team. And he got along with everybody he came in contact with. He could make a sad thing come to life. Make it happy. And he fought for his country and that's what he wanted to do."

The soldiers are depicted in photos as children wearing vintage GI Joe jackets to remind people how young the soldiers were who have died.