The western Missouri city of Concordia has painted the town patriotic. It has giant murals on the sides of downtown buildings, including one of a B-2 bomber, the USS Missouri battleship, and an American flag.

Photo courtesy of Concordia Mayor Michael Brown

Photo courtesy of Concordia Mayor Michael Brown

Rep. Kurtis Gregory, R-Marshall, is sponsoring a bill that would designate Concordia as the “Patriotic Mural City of Missouri.”

“Concordia, over the last couple of years, they’ve started painting a lot of patriotic murals in their city. It started with a 100-foot-wide American flag, which I believe is the largest painted flag in the state of Missouri. They wanted to be known as the Patriotic Mural City of the United States. I honestly don’t quite have that power to pull that off, but I think I can try and get them named the Patriotic Mural City of Missouri,” Gregory told Missourinet.

Concordia Mayor Michael Brown hopes the patriotic charm the town of about 2,300 people holds will score it the designation.

“It kind of gives a warm, fuzzy feeling to everyone, the patriotic fervor. When you see those things, and just painted so beautifully on the walls, I mean it’s high- quality artwork,” Brown told Missourinet.

Photo courtesy of Concordia Mayor Michael Brown

Photo courtesy of Concordia Mayor Michael Brown

He said the town has other murals in the works. And if it runs out of downtown building options, painting grain bins with patriotic murals is on the list next.

Brown hopes the designation will help to bring visitors to town.

“Just to let them see what Concordia is all about and frankly, just help America remember who they are,” said Brown.

A House committee could vote on Gregory’s bill soon. For more information about the legislation, click here.

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