American Legion Post Ernest A. McNish No. 182 members met at Pershing Memorial Hospital May 24 to unveil a painting.
The artwork depicts a Brookfield local who died in the Vietnam War and the artist reconvening at a Vietnam War memorial.
American Legion Post Ernest A. McNish No. 182 members met at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield at 1:30 p.m. May 24 to hang a piece of artwork in the hospital lobby. The artwork was given to the post by Iowan artist John Frizzell. Frizzell had known a Brookfield resident while they were deployed in Vietnam. The Brookfield man depicted in the painting is Tommy Long, who spent six months in Vietnam before passing away. The only request made by the artist was for the painting to be hung in a public place.
According to post member Kenny Stark, he wants people to be able to see the painting.
“We wanted to make sure (the painting) would be hung in a place where a lot of people could get a chance to see it,” Stark said.
Pershing Memorial Hospital auxiliary volunteer Leland Kelly approached Pershing Memorial CEO Phil Hamilton about hanging the artwork in the lobby.
For Kelly, he’s glad the painting is available to the public.
“I’m a Vietnam veteran and I really like seeing this here,” Kelly said.
According to Hamilton, it was an easy decision to hang up the painting.
“It didn’t take much consideration on our part, we were happy to hang this up,” Hamilton said.
The painting had previously been hung in Diner 36 located on W. Lockling Avenue in Brookfield. The diner closed briefly, at that time Stark thought it would be better to move the painting so more people could see it.