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VFW Mural is Complete

VFW Mural 6-27-18 Micky ZornThe large mural on the east side of the Russell VFW Building is complete.

Organizers of Russell's Original Art Review, also known as the ROAR Show, announced earlier this year they commissioned artist Dennis Schiel of Hays to paint the mural in celebration of the ROAR Show's 50th anniversary in 2018.

Schiel started the project in April and recently finished just in time for Freedom Fest.

The mural is a veteran timeline depicting everything from buffalo soldiers and code talkers to the purple heart and a fighter jet, complete also with a bald eagle, an American flag and the armed forces emblems.

Schiel says he enjoyed working on the mural.

Most of Schiel's paintings are smaller canvas works, but he has also painted several murals in Hays and the region.

He explains a bit about the painting process.

The mural will be officially dedicated in October.

(Photo courtesy Micky Zorn.)

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