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'America the Beautiful' installed Tuesday


Zach Spadt

Pine Bluffs resident Larry Silvey looks on as Lance Walker and Devin Andrews of Salt Lake City-based Visibility Signs and Graphics install a mural titled "America the Beautiful" at Pine Bluffs Veterans Memorial Plaza Tuesday. The mural has been in the works for a number of years now and depicts American landmarks and tributes to service members. Silvey organized the project

Larry Silvey got a pleasant surprise Tuesday afternoon.

The Pine Bluffs resident was running errands when he drove by Veterans Memorial Plaza in Pine Bluffs.

Silvey, the driving force behind the statues depicting service members at the plaza, has been working to install a mural at the plaza that shows famous American landmarks while also honoring veterans.

Last week, Silvey told Pine Bluffs Town Council members that the mural was to be installed on Monday, but bad weather prevented that.

So he was surprised when he drove downtown and saw Devin Andrews and Lance Walker of Salt Lake City's Visibility Signs installing the mural.

Zach Spadt

The "America the Beautiful" mural is reflected in Devin Andrews' sunglasses as he works to install the mural.

"I was just trying to get a few things done," Silvey said. "I didn't expect to see them out there working on it."

The mural stretches nearly the entirety of the northern wall at Pine Bluffs Veterans Memorial Plaza. It features landmarks from coast to coast along with Pearl Harbor and Mount Denali in Alaska.

Made from vinyl, it is expected to last at least 10 years.

"It's the most expensive vinyl you can get," said Andrews.

Pine Bluffs Veterans Memorial Plaza has been in the works for the past few years now. In 2016, statues of a sailor, Marine, Air Force member and soldier were installed. Shortly after, dignitaries, including Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, attended a ceremony commemorating the plaza.

A similar ceremony is in the works later this summer.


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