Statue of Liberty Mural completed, artist working on portraits of fallen service members

Artist Thomas Zachery presents a painting as part of the Portrait of a Warrior Project on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in downtown Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Hanna Battah)

The Downtown Bakersfield Development Corp. is celebrating the completion of Phase II of the Statue of Liberty Mural at 20th and Eye streets.

Now, work is underway on the Portrait of a Warrior Project, with artist Thomas Zachery painting portraits of 31 local heroes who were killed in action or died as a result of injuries suffered on the post-9/11 battlefields.

Eyewitness News reporter Hanna Battah caught up with Zachery on Friday.

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