Canadian Memorial Mural To Visit Celoron Sunday

CELORON – A Canadian memorial in remembrance of servicemen and women who have died in Afghanistan will be on display in Celoron on Sunday.

The Portraits of Honour mural will be at the Herman Kent American Legion Post 777, 26 Jackson Ave., at 3 p.m. Sunday. The mural shows the faces of the 157 Canadian soldiers, sailors and air crew who have lost their lives while in Afghanistan the last 10 years. The mural is 10 feet high by 40 feet long.

Each face on the memorial was hand-painted by artist Dave Sopha. According to the website for the mural, www.portraitsofhonour.ca, it originally started in artist Sopha’s private studio, but it quickly grew to require more space and was moved into the studio created at Kin Canada’s headquarters located in Cambridge, Ontario.

Neville Messinger, Herman Kent Post 1st vice commander, said, in a letter on the Portraits of Honour coming to Celoron, the mural is similar to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

“The mural will be on display in the U.S.A only here in Chautauqua County and in Washington, D.C.,” he stated. “We are proudly inviting all veterans to come and see this display at no cost to anyone wishing to view the mural.”

Messinger stated there will be a request for donations to help support Sopha’s cost of taking the mural to Washington, D.C. Checks can be sent to the Portraits of Honour travel fund by sending the donation to the Herman Kent Post. Also, out-of-pocket donations will be accepted on Sunday.