'These guys are the inspiration;' Green Valley man honors Veterans with mural
GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Art is more of a second --maybe even third -- career for Tony Trujillo. The Green Valley resident first picked up a paint brush about 15 years ago and started working on murals within the last seven.
Trujillo says he never had the opportunity to serve, which is exactly why he took on a massive mural inside Green Valley's American Legion Post 66, dedicating it to those who did.
"I figured, I had this God-given talent. So, I wanted to do something to say thank you," Trujillo told 9OYS days after completing the mural.
"These guys are the inspiration," he continued, pointing to one of his scenes.
Spanning from Normandy to Afghanistan, every military branch is represented in the 40- foot mural.
"Painting it all up, just finishing it. This was a labor of love," he said.
From the first few pencil strokes, to the now, painted and sealed scenes, the mural took three months to complete.
American Legion members say the painting especially speaks to the once, unappreaciated, Vietnam Era Veterans.
"We weren't shown respect when we came back from the war," Veteran and American Legion Post 66 1st Vice Commander, Dan Spagnoletti, said.
"We have come back, we're being respected and it's a good feeling," another Vietnam Era Veteran added.
"I think the members will enjoy this for years to come. That's the plan," Spagnoletti continued.
The official mural dedication will be held Saturday, October 12 inside American Legion Post 66. The event, which starts at 4:00 p.m., is open to the public.