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Input sought from World War II veterans

Manteca Mural Society members, from left Charlene Carroll, Tom Wilson, and Norm Knodt discuss the upcoming meeting with the public for input on the World War II mural.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED January 23, 2014 1:24 a.m.

Manteca’s tribute to “The Greatest Generation” is up next on the to-do list of civic murals.

The mural honoring World War II veterans is next in the series of five murals that ultimately will grace the wall of the Manteca Bedquarters facing Main Street in downtown Manteca.

The Manteca Mural Society is seeking input from  World War II veterans, their families, and others to set the perimeters for an artists’ competition to select the design for the mural.

A gathering to brainstorm ideas and what should possibly be shown in the mural takes place on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center on Moffat Boulevard at South Main  Street.

Once the information  is put together, several muralists will be selected from various applications to devise conceptual renderings. From there a final design will be selected.

Mural society founder Tom Wilson said there is an urgency in getting the mural done as the World War II veterans’ numbers are thinning.

Wilson noted  World War II veterans have reminded society members that “everyone was involved with the war” whether you were in  the military or stateside. Home front efforts ranged  from  buildings weapons to making sacrifices to support the war effort.

Society member Charlene Carroll said the Manteca Bedquarters wall is appropriate for the World War II mural as that is where a large billboard listing the names of over 960 men from the greater Manteca area that served in World War II was displayed for years.

The society is in the process of raising the $25,000 it will take to complete the mural.

Donations for the World War II mural may be dropped off at Raymus Homes: The Next Generation, 250 Cherry Lane, Suite 116, Manteca, CA 95336 or mailed to P.O. Box 2188, Manteca, CA 95336. Prospective donors may also call 823-1474 and Mural Society members can make arrangements to have the donations picked up at the donors’ convenience.

A mural has already been dedicated to those who have served and who are serving in the Global War on Terror. Up after the World War II mural are ones honoring  those who served in the Korean War, the Vietnam War and World War I.

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