Artist Karen Langley, right, is embraced by Ann Hampton of Easley, as she views for the first time the portrait of her daughter Capt. Kimberly Hampton.
Hampton was killed in action at 27 while serving as a helicopter pilot with the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, while flying over Fallujah, Iraq, on Jan. 2, 2004.
Langley unveiled portraits of South Carolina’s fallen soldiers Saturday at the Village Artists gallery at the Village at Sandhill in northeast Columbia. Langley, who created the 18 oil paintings, felt compelled to honor the families of the brave young men and women.
“It was my way of honoring the military and giving back to some of the families those who have sacrificed so much,” she said.
Families of the fallen soldiers drove from around the state to attend the event, hosted by the Blue Star Mothers and Survivor Outreach Services of Fort Jackson.