A southwest Florida artist is paying tribute to the victims of September 11 in a big way.
As the 10th anniversary approaches, she is memorializing each of those who lost their life in the attacks.
At ten locations leading up the anniversary, southwest Floridians will pay tribute by choosing the name of a victim who lost their life in the attacks and painting it on the canvas.
"This is a huge community project and something we can be proud of. This was done right here in southwest Florida," said artist Leoma Lovegrove.
With the stroke of a brush, the Pine Island Fire Department put their mark on the project Sunday morning.
"We're all painting out someone's names that we don't know but we can feel for their families and their loved ones because it could be one of us or it could be all of us," said Pine Island Fire Chief Tim Larrimore.
Each paint color represents a different attack.. red for the trade towers.. white for the pentagon.. and shades of blue for United flight 93.
When its complete, all 3,000 victims' names will be on the canvas. Then the artist will paint a massive bald eagle on top of them.
"To be painting an eagle, on top of all these names, it's going to be a special moment for me as an artist," Lovegrove continued.
She says the outpouring of support has matched the intense emotion still felt by so many nearly ten years later.
"There's a lot of heart in this painting. Not just from my heart but from southwest Florida," she said.
"It all comes back and that's what's good about this is it keeps everybody from forgetting what really happened," Larrimore explained.
When it's complete, the canvas will hang on display somewhere in southwest florida.
you can find a full list of the upcoming locations at http://www.remember911tenthyear.com/events.htm