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"Service in Motion" mural
AMVETS Medallion Post #13
25 Review Place, Buffalo, NY

Year painted:
June 2016
Artist: Vinny Alejandro
Sponsor: River Rock Community Coalition
Lenfth of time:
50 man-hours
# spraycans:
100
Partial reprint

Good Neighbor: Veteran Paints Mural on Amvets Post
The Amvets Post in Riverside has been transformed, and an Army veteran is responsible for the military mural.

By Melissa Holmes
WGRZ, June 17, 2016  (online October 2019)

The Amvets Post in Riverside has been transformed, and an Army veteran is responsible for the military mural.

Vinny Alejandro of Buffalo was approached by the River Rock Community Coalition with a blank canvas- the 2000 sq. ft. side of the Amvets Medallion Post 13 in Riverside.

Alejandro is a former Army specialist who served in Germany from 1993 to 1997 and for the mural he wanted to depict America's military through the years.

He spent nearly 50 man-hours and used 100 spraycans to paint the original 13 star American flag, a desert colored hummer representing the desert conflicts, paratroopers representing WWII, an F-16, Cobra helicopter from Vietnam, M-1 tank, F-22 Raptor and a Coast Guard helicopter, and the seals of all five military branches.

And now that he's living in Buffalo again, his works can be found all over, from University Heights to the Old First Ward. And he serves as a mentor to others who might use the spray can wrong way.

"There's not just the criminal element to it. I like to teach younger kids the history of it. The artform of it. "

"It's meant a lot already. Just for the veterans the post the neighborhood in general, just the sense of pride that it brings back to the community," said George Fitzpatrick, founder of the River Rock Community Coalition.




October 2019 photos

F-22 Raptor and a








Original 13 star American flag



Left: Desert colored hummer representing the desert conflicts   ...   Paratroopers representing WWII above



 
M-1 tank  ...   Right top:  F-22 Raptor   ...   Middle right: F-16, Cobra helicopter from Vietnamt: 



Seals of all five military branches   ...   Right: Coast Guard helicopter



Seals of all five military branches 



Alejandro is a former Army specialist who served in Germany from 1993 to 1997






Photos and their arrangement 2019 Chuck LaChiusa
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