MARTINSVILLE, Va.—An artist is honoring an injured Marine from Ararat by painting an American flag on a building.
Artist Scott Lobaido is painting a giant American flag on the side of the Black Box Theatre in Martinsville. He's doing it as a thank-you to injured Marine Cpl. JB Kerns. Kerns was injured while fighting in Afghanistan.
Actor Gary Sinise is holding a concert for Kerns on Saturday to help raise money for a smart home for Kerns. The concert is being held at 7 p.m. at Martinsville High School.
Here is some more information about the efforts to honor and help Kerns:
Renowned artist Scott Lobaido, Named "person of the week" by a network tv newscast for flags he's painted in every state to salute the military, is coming to Martinsville to paint the American flag
on wall of the black box theatre on Wednesday, march 28
Lobaido says the huge flag will be a thank you to local hero Marine Cpl. JB kerns, a triple amputee, for his service in Afghanistan, and to area residents for helping to build kerns a "smart home,"
when they attend the Gary Sinise Lt. dan band concert at Martinsville h.s. on March 31 at 7 p.m.
Renowned artist Scott LoBaido, whose stunning depictions of the American flag can be seen all across America-from a 150,000 sq. ft. flag on a roof in Houston, TX, to a 20-ft. x 40-ft. flag on a Boys and Girls Club building in Temecula, CA-is now set to bring his patriotic artistry to Martinsville, VA.
LoBaido will begin painting his trademark creation on Wednesday, March 28-best time for media to arrive would be about 1 p.m.-as a thank you to Marine Cpl. Josh "JB" Kerns for his military service. The building chosen to display LoBaido's artistry is the Black Box Theatre, 44 Franklin St. in Martinsville. The dimensions of the finished flag will be 38'w x 18'h.
LoBaido says he considers the American flag, "The greatest piece of art ever created." That is why he says he wants to paint Old Glory in Martinsville to thank Kerns for his service, and all the people who are supporting efforts to build Kerns a "smart home," by purchasing a ticket to the Lt. Dan Band Concert. Kerns, a local hero, lost three limbs in an IED explosion during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (named after a firefighter who was killed on 9/11), and the Gary Sinise Foundation have partnered to build a "smart home," to enable Kerns to lead an independent life.
To raise funds to build the house, actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise is performing a special concert with his Lt. Dan Band, named after the double-amputee veteran Sinise played in "Forrest Gump." The concert is on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at Martinsville High School.