In the next few weeks the Harris Hanna VFW post in Greenwood will get a fresh look as local artists create a mural on the side of the building. The painting will show veterans from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and one that represents veterans from 1990 to today.
The mural will be painted by local artists Bret Short, Sharla Derry and Ronald Dooley. The VFW will purchase all the needed supplies to paint the mural and John Mckinney from 4-MAC Inc. is donating branch insignias that will be located below each of the flags.
The flags for each branch of the military will be placed above the mural on special occasions such as the Fourth of July, Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
The mural is set to be painted in May. The VFW wants to complete the project by Independence Day.
The Harris Hanna post was named for two local veterans, Hoyt Hanna and Bert Lee Hanna, who died in World War II. The VFW post was established on April 1, 1946. The charter still hangs on the wall that lists all of the original members of the post and reads like a who’s who of Greenwood’s past and present with such notable names as Means Wilkinson, founder of Farmers Bank, Charles Bell, who Bell Park was named after and many many other men who left their homeland to defend our freedoms overseas.
The original post was destroyed by the 1968 tornado. Today the post boasts nearly 300 members with a wide variety of vets from many wars the United States has been engaged in and from every branch of the military.