Mural panel to be revealed at fair

Staff Reports

TROY — The second panel of the “Veterans Marching Through Time” mural will be on display Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Miami County Fair during the annual Armed Forces Day at the fair.

The newly completed Early War Panel covers the American Revolutionary War period to the Civil War. It is the second of two panels that have been completed that will ultimately create a nine-panel mural that will span 42 feet in length when completed by Troy artist Karen Purke.

The “Veterans Marching Through Time” mural showcases issues related to Miami Valley veterans from The American Revolutionary War through the present day. The mural project, sponsored by the Troy Foundation, is projected to be completed by the end of 2016. It showcases significant events that impacted veterans from the Miami Valley, as well as artifacts from the museum collection, in an effort to raise awareness of the service and sacrifice made by veterans though out the years.

Purke will be on hand at the Miami Valley Veterans Museum booth in the merchants building from 2=5 p.m. with a reproduction traveling display of the first two completed panels made from the original Miami Valley Veteran’s Museum’s full size mural panels. She will speak starting at 2 p.m. every 30 minutes until 4:30 p.m. regarding the newly released “Veterans Marching Though Time” mural panel.

The previously released mural panel, the Civil War and its aftermath, will also be on display and both panels will have a display guide for visitors to review. On Wednesday Aug. 19, Armed Forced Day at the fair, veterans and their spouses receive free admission with military ID and seniors 65 years and older receive free admission and at 5:30 p.m. that evening the annual Salute To Veterans will be held at the stadium.

To view the full size original “Veterans Marching Through Time” mural visit the Miami Valley Veteran’s Museum, a non-profit museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of Miami Valley Veterans, on the second floor of the Masonic Building , 107 W. Main St. Troy. The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to use the elevator.

For more information contact museum director Mitch Fogle at (937) 332-8852 or