Artist to paint new military tribute mural at the Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Local artist Sam Welty is painting another military tribute mural at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Welty said in a Facebook live video that the mural is expected to be finished by Memorial Day.

The new mural will be visible from the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue.

“The loss of the mural was devastating, not only personally, but for the loss of what it represented to the local community as well,” said Welty. “With the loss of the original mural, and the planning of the new one, it has become clear that this project is too big to be considered simply my own. This tribute mural belongs to the entire community.”

Back in November, Welty’s mural dedicated to the military was painted over. That was ordered by the owners of the Howard Johnson Hotel, at 512 Atlantic Avenue. Hotel owner Aaron Patel had told Welty the back wall was damaged and the mural was removed to fix the back wall.

On Wednesday, Welty shared a video of progress he’s made on the mural.

For more information and updates on the mural, click here.