A Leadership Fond du Lac Team will officially commemorate a mural honoring local veterans with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m.

The mural was the brainchild of Team Fondy First, a team of the Leadership Fond du Lac Class of 2016-2017. With over 8,500 veterans in Fond du Lac County, the team felt this population is worthy of continual recognition for their efforts and sacrifices for our country. The mural not only raises awareness of veterans in our community, but helps to beautify the downtown area and embraces the arts within the local community.

The 10 foot by 40 foot mural was painted by local artist Bonnie Federman on the north side of Dreher Collision Center, located at 290 North Main Street in Fond du Lac, and honors local veterans from each branch of the service. The veterans pictured in the mural represent various time periods including the 1940’s, 1960’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. In addition, these veterans have worked and lived in the Fond du Lac community, helping to make it what it is today.

Veterans honored in the mural include:

  • Private 1st Class Clifford Fisher, U.S. Marines
  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeffrey Harbridge, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Sergeant Charles F. Dreher, U.S. Air Force
  • Sergeant Jaime Heider, U.S. Army
  • Sergeant First Class Arthur J. Kloetzke, U.S. Navy

The mural was made possible by: 5G Benefits, Agnesian HealthCare, Ahern-Gross Plumbing, City of Fond du Lac Police Department, Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue, Gallery and Frame Shop, Gremmer and Associates Inc., Horicon Bank, The Nielsen Company, RE/MAX Heritage, Roberts Homes, Publishers Development Service, Signarama, and Wisnet.com

Leadership Fond du Lac is a program of Envision Greater Fond du Lac that provides information and experience to individuals who are willing to commit to serving their community. Accepted applicants learn about local institutions and issues and put their skills and knowledge to use through the required small-group community project. Through the program, individuals develop leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, and develop a strong network through the community. For more information, contact Envision Greater Fond du Lac at (920) 921-9500 or visit www.envisiongreaterfdl.com.