LANCASTER – A crowd of residents gathered Saturday afternoon to witness the unveiling of a military-themed mural at Chase’s Lancaster branch on The BLVD. The unveiling was timed to honor Veteran’s Day, Chase executives said.
“To me it is a tribute to the men and women of the military… past, present, and future,” said Chase Lancaster branch manager Matthew Herbstritt. “It is a dedication to the families of our military and it is a daily reminder to all the community of the sacrifices of those men and women of the military and their families.”
The mural was designed by Lancaster artist and veteran Melinda Vetter-Dorsey. The latex painting on a 46’ x 13’ wall features a soaring eagle, with the image of a MIA POW flag in its eye. Mountains and poppies decorate the foreground and a B-2 aircraft flies overhead. Above the images is the wording: “Your commitment is to our country. Lancaster’s commitment is to you.”
“These words say it all,” said Chase District Manager Blair Feivou. “Chase is very grateful for the tremendous sacrifices our military members and their families have made for our nation… this mural was painted in their honor.”
Artist and veteran Melinda Vetter-Dorsey said she began working with Chase on the project last November, but the actual mural took about five-weeks in painting time. She was assisted by fellow veterans Cleo Ware (Army) and Linda Reynolds (Air Force).
“This is about our veterans, my fellow veterans, and also our men and women who serve every day and sacrifice,” Vetter-Dorsey said. “I’m glad to be able to use my gift to give this gift to our community.”
The new military-themed mural is located on the outside wall of the Chase bank at 805 West Lancaster Boulevard.