The Veterans Freedom Mural Dedication

The Veterans Freedom Mural was officially dedicated on June 28.

Entitled Getting Back to the World, this multidisciplinary mural project explored a veteran’s process of transition when returning to civilian life. The design was derived from group dialogue and individual conversations throughout January, February and March of 2016 with veterans, the professionals who support their transition home, artists and community members from Wilmington.

Thank you to all the artists, community members and veterans that helped make this mural project such a meaningful experience!

(L-R) Adjutant General Frank Vavala; Cathy McKay, President, Founder and CEO of Connections Community Support Programs;Jeff Bullock, Secretary of State; Tom Davis, Pastor, Member of Veterans’ Interfaith Workgroup and Vietnam Veteran; Eric Okdeh, Lead Artist; Laura Semmelroth, Creative District Strategist; Dr. Carrie Gray, Managing Director, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation; and Jack Markell, Governor.

If you missed the dedication, the City of Wilmington’s cable television station WITN 22 recorded the dedication ceremony. Watch:

Check out a great article about this special project featured on

View photos of the Veterans Freedom Mural Dedication by: Joe del Tufo, Moonloop Photography.


The Veterans Freedom Mural is generously supported by: Connections Community Support Programs, Inc., Delaware Department of State, Delaware Division of the Arts, Highmark Delaware, Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware, MSP Equipment Rentals, Inc., Wilmington Renaissance Corporation and WSFS Bank.

The Veterans Freedom Mural is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on