The VFW Post 839 of Marshalltown, in partnership with the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance, will be installing a patriotic mural this Spring at the main entrance to their building located off Meadow Lane in Marshalltown.
The mural project will be a visual way of welcoming and honoring veterans in the city of Marshalltown and its surrounding communities. Local artist, Missy Sharer-Pieters, was hand selected for this project because of her amazing portfolio of patriotic work around the community.
Missy shared, “I am honored and excited to be a part of the VFW mural project. The importance of using patriotic symbols and icons to honor our military personnel, both past and present, will be key to what we create. It is definitely a subject matter that I am familiar with and truly enjoy painting. I hope the community will share my enthusiasm for this mural project and support the VFW in raising funds.”
The fundraising goal for the mural is $1,500, with hopes of surpassing the goal to allow for an even larger mural than planned. The VFW Post 839 of Marshalltown will be having its first of many fundraisers for their mural project on January 24th. The veterans of the post will be working with Culver's of Marshalltown on Monday, January 24th from 5 to 8 pm where donations will be accepted. Please dine in (16 Iowa Ave West) or take out and support your local veterans and this exciting mural project.
Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance, Amber Danielson, said, “we are thrilled to continue to partner with so many amazing local organizations and artists to create a vibrant community and celebrate our local veterans.” The Alliance, a non-profit organization, created in 2004 to cultivate a community of arts and culture by supporting, promoting, and enriching existing opportunities and by seeking new possibilities.
The VFW, a non-profit organization, relies on donations from people of all walks of life to accomplish our goals and to meet the needs of local veterans. Robert Sheppard, commander for the VFW Post 839 relayed, “When I see a mural that depicts the great military of The United State of America, I feel excited and honored to be a veteran. It makes me proud and gives me hope for the future of our country.”
To contribute to the VFW Post 839 Mural Project:
Donations can be dropped off at VFW Post 839, located at 107 E Meadow Lane or
Sent via mail to P.O. Box 1204, Marshalltown, IA 50158