Artist paints mural to honor injured Mid-South Marine - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Artist paints mural to honor injured Mid-South Marine

(WMC-TV) - A patriotic mural is being painted downtown and it will be dedicated to a local hero, Corporal Christian Brown.

The Beale Street mural event is leading up to a benefit concert that will be held for the Munford Marine who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan.

Mural artist Scott LoBadio is doing the work. By the time he is finished, you will see the American flag in all of its glory.

"And I said, 'I'm going to use my talent to spread as much patriotic fever as I can.' You know, make it fun," said LoBadio.

LoBadio tours the country painting flags. His Memphis mural will cover a wall of the Beale Street police precinct.

The goal is to raise awareness to the benefit concert being put on by Hollywood actor Gary Sinise and his band, better known as the Lt. Dan Band. The group will perform Friday at the Cook Convention Center. All of the money raised at the concert will go toward building a new, accessible home for the Marine who sacrificed so much for his country.

Cpl. Brown lost both of his legs in December 2011 when an improvised explosive device exploded while he was on duty in Afghanistan.

Brown sat down with Action News 5's Andrew Douglas this week to share what he remembers from the explosion that changed his life.

"I know things were gonna be definitely different and in my consciousness I knew I'd never be the same," he said. (To watch the entire interview, click here:

Supporters say putting a huge mural of the nation's highest symbol on one of America's most famous streets is about as patriotic as it gets.

"Absolutely. What better place to have the most iconic image in the world and on the most iconic street in America," said Lt. Dan Band spokesman Chris Kuban.

Memphis singer Grace Askew will open up for the Lt. Dan Band. She was featured on NBC's hit reality talent show "The Voice" last season.

Tickets are still available for Friday's benefit concert. If you would like to show your support for Cpl. Brown and help him get an accessible home, click here:

If you cannot attend the concert, but would still like to make a donation to the cause, click here: ... there is a button at the bottom of that form that reads "I would like to dedicate this donation to someone or designate to a specific cause."  If you click that, you will find Christian Brown's name in the dropdown menu of people you can send your donation to.

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