Kilroy Lives Here
During WWII, the United States Armed Forces personnel started what would now be referred to as “viral” graffiti. The graffiti consisted of a simple image of what looked like a bald man peering over a wall combined with the text “Kilroy Was Here”.
Ever since, this graffiti has been left in odd and unexpected places wherever members of the United States Armed Forces serve.
I have always respected the people that serve in the United States Armed Forces. I admire the heroic way they deal with the stresses of their service combined with the quiet humility they display upon returning to their civilian lives. It has been my experience that most of the returning soldiers keep their exploits to themselves, quietly picking up their lives where they left off. Most often, it is only when reading an obituary that I discover that someone I had known for years as a postal worker, doctor, truck driver, or farmer, had been a decorated veteran.
This painting is a tribute to the veterans that return to their civilian lives to live unassumingly and inconspicuously among us without fanfare and braggadocio; and on this Memorial Day weekend, even more it is a tribute to those that served and did not return.
Image and text © 2015 James Golaszewski