Initially, she thought of depicting American conflicts back to the Revolutionary War. But the Legion’s wall was too small. She settled on World War I, around the time the American Legion was founded.
She estimates she spent 200 hours researching the project to make sure the soldiers and scenes depicted in the mural were authentic, down to the bluish-grey color of the World War II F4U Corsair fight jet. The mural is done in acrylic.
She spent six weeks painting on her days off as well as the hours before she was scheduled to start work. In the end, she created a scene for each conflict - WWI, WWII, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Gulf War and the War on Terror, using iconic images associated with each period. She calls it “Hundred Years of Sacrifice.”
“The mural embodies the entire concept of the American Legion and what we stand for,” the Legion’s adjutant David Walker said.
While she has received accolades for the mural, she is quick to point out its purpose.
“The members of the American Legion Post 258 have become part of my family and I love them very much. I was honored to have the opportunity to pay it forward to them.”