Fallen officer mural repainted at the Oceanfront

Loss of a Friend mural repainted

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A colorful tribute to fallen police officers is back up at the Oceanfront.

You may remember the original mural at 21st Street and Atlantic Avenue was painted over last month. Tourists and locals had been driving by it for almost a decade, but it’s private property, and the owner said the building needed a face lift.

When the artist heard what happened, he volunteered to paint a new one.

“We’ve had a few compliments. Everyone is glad to see it going back up. We’ve had a lot of support. We’ve actually had some police officers coming by. We’ll be painting on the wall and all of a sudden we’ll hear a siren and turn around and look and it’s a police officer saying thank you. That’s real nice. We like that.”

Virginia Beach mural completed on May 17, 2014. (WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)
Virginia Beach mural completed on May 17, 2014. (WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

The new mural features a dog that’s serving on the Virginia Beach police force right now. The new location is on the side of Bargain Beachwear on 9th Street and Atlantic Avenue.

The two brothers painting the mural started Tuesday at noon and plan to finish by late Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. The mural was complete when 10 On Your Side stopped by Saturday, May 17.


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