Artist Tyler Toews works on his new mural while installing it Monday. Photo: Bill Coedy

Mural commemorates Rossland veterans

Mural installed by cenotaph near the library

A bright new mural honouring the community’s veterans is on display in downtown Rossland.

The mural, installed on Monday, will enhance the cenotaph war memorial near the Rossland Public Library, which is used as a ceremonial gathering place to commemorate Remembrance Day. The mural art was painted on eight separate four-by-eight-foot panels by local mural artist Tyler Toews.

The mural theme — Peace and Remembrance — is symbolized by a meadow of wildflowers of the local West Kootenay region, interspersed with poppies.

The painting will exemplify Canada’s commitment to world peace while commemorating the Rosslanders who gave their lives in service during World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The mural will not only provide an artistic enhancement to the downtown core but a botanical educational opportunity in the community of Rossland.

It should be ready in time for this year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, which will also mark the 75th anniversary year of D-Day.

The project was made possible by a donation from the Columbia Basin Trust’s CBT Public Art Grant, the Nelson District Credit Union Rossland Branch, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #14 and the Cooper Family for their generous donations to this project.

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