Eight years in
the making, the mural "Fighting for Freedom" was painted
by Wallingford native, Andrew J. Yelenak
to honor our veterans. The resulting painting is a stunning panoramic
image encompassing the wars of the 20th century.
mural stretches 20 feet across the hall of the Major Raoul Lufbery
VFW Post 591 in Wallingford, Connecticut. Veterans of WWI, WWII,
Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War are represented in a colorful, incredibly
detailed montage. The painting features a portrait of Major Raoul
Lufbery, the WWI fighter ace and is anchored by a beautiful two
foot tall rendering of the Purple Heart Medal.
the completion of the mural during the summer of 2005, the membership
of Post 591 decided that the painting would make a beautiful poster,
and a poster would be an excellent fundraiser for charities that
support our veterans. Posters are available here
and the proceeds from the sales will be used to send care packages
to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as donated to the
following VFW programs:
photos of the painting
Yelenak painting the mural. It measures 20 feet wide by 6 feet tall.
This is a
detail from the lower left of the painting, infantry venture
into "No Man's Land" and a German plane has been shot
down by Lufbery during WW1.
Detail - jet fighters - Korea
mural is located at VFW Post 591, 23 Prince Street, Wallingford
VFW Post Email: email@example.com
Major Raoul Lufbery