Manteca Mural Honoring World War II Veterans Unveiled

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The Manteca Mural Society unveiled the second of five murals as part of the Veterans Mural Project called "The Spirit of America."  The mural honors World War II veterans, and the seven people, representing each branch of service, are all from Manteca.

Veteran William Scalf served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the war and is just one of two depicted on the display that is still alive today.

"I'm so proud as if they made me mayor of Manteca," said Scalf.​

Doris Knodt is the other of the two.  She made airplane parts in a factory during the war.  The 91-year-old now lives in Germany, but her son Norm was at the unveiling event and said, "It's really an honor for her to be depicted here on the wall and be recognized for everything she did behind the scenes."

Tom Wilson with the Manteca Mural Society said from start to finish the mural took 18 months to plan and complete and 400 hours to for muralist Colleen Mitchel-Veyna to create.  Wilson said they interviewed World War Two vets to see what they wanted shown on the mural before putting it together.

"The Spirit of America" cost $25,000 to make and there are plans to create three more murals within the next three years that honor the Korean War, Vietnam War and World War One.

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