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Family paints mural to honor veterans in Wrens

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WRENS, GA (WFXG) -

Jace McTier has always loved art. One of his earliest memories is traveling to Washington D.C. with his mother, who was commissioned to paint then President Ronald Reagan.

"When I got back to preschool the next day, I had a picture of the president for show-and-tell and nobody else had one. I thought that was pretty neat and I understood then the art world was pretty special," McTier said.

While art has taken the McTier family all over the world, their most recent project can be seen right in their own back yard, Downtown Wrens.

"It was first commissioned by the Wrens Better Homes Inc. and they wanted to honor veterans through the wall that faces the park," said Lucy McTier, Jace's mother. "We were blessed to give an idea of what we might have in mind."

An idea that stretches along a 70-by-11-foot wall and took about 3 weeks, 30 painters and 10 gallons of water resistant paint to complete.

The McTier family says every image captured in the mural is based on family photos and letters from local military veterans who served during the Vietnam and Second World wars.

"What's meant the most to me is when a veteran will come by and just stop. We've seen some break down to tears and the best comment I've heard was from one of those men who just looked at me and my mom and my dad and said, thank you for remembering," Jace said.

The adjacent Veterans memorial park is special to the McTier family. Several of their relatives who fought in wars are honored there and an image of Hammond McTier, Jace's great-uncle is part of the mural.

The official dedication of the mural commissioned by Wrens Better Hometown Inc.

When: 10:30 p.m. July 13

Where: Wrens post office, 101 Estelle St.

Who: Artist Lucy McTier and U.S. Reps. Paul Brown and John Barrow will speak.

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