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Patriotic 14-Year-Old Artist Paints Giant Military, First Responder Mural Covering 8,000 Sq Feet in Illinois Town

One young artist from Marion, Illinois, has painted an 8,000 square-foot mural highlighting American military and first responders—from Iwo Jima to Vietnam; from Operation Iraqi Freedom to 9/11. Madeline Deiters, or Maddie, 14, a ninth-grader who’s been homeschooled her whole life, began mapping her composition just days after September 11, and the massive mural took eight weeks to finish, crossing an expanse of wall wrapping around three sides of a large industrial building. Depicted are Soldiers and Marines, a C-130, as well as the flag raisings of Iwo Jima and 9/11. You’ll see brave policemen confronting crime and first responders saving lives. “My father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather have served in the Army during WWII, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom,” Maddie told The Epoch Times. “I have to be honest that I didn’t know much about the Vietnam War and all the jobs …

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