Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times
The city paid its respects Friday to those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Hundreds gathered at Amherst’s municipal parking lot on Park Avenue. In front of the murals created by local artist Mike Sekletar, mayor Mark Costilow said we owe our lifestyles to the veterans who fought on our behalf. The morning included a 21-gun salute, a National Anthem performance by Audrey Bruck and Becky Beal, a Titan flyover, a performance by the Lochaber Pipe Band, and a chance for children to see military vehicles up close. It ended with a pledge by Sekletar to create a fourth mural focusing on those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s always been about the veterans how we pay respect, and this is it,” he said, gesturing to story-tall paintings on the Janik Law Building. The plan is to begin the newest mural in the spring. Lights will soon be added to the mural wall so it can be viewed anytime of day.