Colin Kimball has spent the last three years pouring over images of soldiers he's never met.
"I've never met them, but you can't say I don't know them. That wouldn't be accurate," Kimball said.
The local artist and military historian is on a mission to create a portrait for every soldier from Collin County who died serving his or her country, making the count 338 soldiers in total. To date he's completed 42.
"I've got a lot of work ahead of me," Kimball said.
Monday, Kimball will unveil his seven newest works. The Veterans Day celebration will complete the first wing of the courthouse.
"Luckily this building has a lot of walls," Kimball said.
Ahead of the dedication Roselyn Constant got to see her uncle's portrait for the first time. Weldon "Stokes" Stallcup died during World War II before Constant was born. She says it's been a painful memory for her family her entire life.
"We didn't talk about it. And now Collin's research is telling us so much. We've opened Pandora's box," Constant said.
Kimball does research on every soldier he does a portrait for. Walking the hallways with the artist is like walking with an military encyclopedia, Kimball is able to rattle off names, dates and details of each life.
"I get to know them. It's the least I can do," Kimball said.
Kimball says his inspiration comes from losing his best friend as a child.
"He was like my brother and he died in Vietnam. I never want him to be forgotten or any other soldier," Kimball said.
On Monday seven more families will get the assurance that their loved one won't be forgotten when they get to see their portraits for the first time.
Monday's ceremony is open to the public. It will be held at the Collin County Courthouse and starts at 11:00 a.m.
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