Let’s paint this town together

Mission Statement
The Manteca Mural Society will use visual arts:

  • To build community pride
  • To build a cultural bridge between the past, present, and future
  • To revitalize, improve, and enhance the Manteca economy
  • To promote tourism


World War I mural “Zero Hour” Dedication, May 19 – 10 a.m

The World War I mural dubbed “Zero Hour” will be dedicated in hour-long ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. on May 19. The mural joins four other murals on the eastern wall of the Manteca Bedquarters at Yosemite Avenue and Main Street. Those murals represent World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Global War on Terror. – Read More

Key Note Speaker

Chris Starling retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel in 2014. In 26 years serving as an infantry officer, he made ten overseas deployments including three combat tours. Upon retirement, he became the Director of Military and Veteran Affairs at the Marines’ Memorial Association in San Francisco, CA. In 2017 he transitioned to his current role as Operations Director at VetsInTech, a nonprofit, supporting veterans with programs for employment, education, and entrepreneurship in the tech industry.

While on active duty, Chris commanded the 2d Battalion, 2d Marines in Camp Lejeune, NC and the 23d Marines in San Bruno, CA. His staff assignments included instructor duty at the US Military Academy, West Point, NY, as Chief of the Partnership Division at US Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany and as the senior US Military Advisor to the Emirati Presidential Guard in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Chris earned his BA from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York. Additionally, he represented the Marine Corps as a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University.


This is a high speed time lapse of the dedication ceremony of “Welcome Home Warriors,” a public art mural honoring Vietnam War Veterans and the fallen, and is an original work commissioned and owned by the Manteca Mural Society. Designed, painted, and filmed by Larger Than Life Murals, Artists: Echo Westover and Linda Shrader. The 16′ by 20′ mural was unveiled and dedicated to a crowd of 500+ attendees, on the corner of W Yosemite Ave and S Main St, Manteca,

Artists Echo Westover and Linda Shrader answered an international call-for-artists, and were awarded the commission to paint a mural honoring the veterans and the fallen of the Vietnam War. “Welcome Home Warriors” was titled by Ron G. Cruz, Army, Vietnam Combat Veteran, and is an original work commissioned and owned by the Manteca Mural Society, Manteca, CA.

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This video is just over 5 minutes of highlights from the 1.5 hour Welcome Home Warriors Mural dedication ceremony. 500+ attended including many Vietnam Vets and honored guests. The 16′ x 20′ mural was designed and painted by Echo Westover and Linda Shrader, in the artist’s Yucca Valley studio, and installed on site in Manteca. See our Vietnam Mural Installation High Speed Time Lapse video or the Mural Installation Slideshow for more! We were truly honored to be a part of this amazing mural project. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Welcome Home Warriors Mural is an original work commissioned and owned by the Manteca Mural Society, Manteca, CA. All reference images were either verified to be in the public domain, used with explicit permission, or were appropriately licensed.


May 11, 2017: Manteca Mural Society  featured in ABC10 News. Interviewed by Kurt Rivera


It takes a dedicated team to build a better community through art, and we’d love to have you on board. Whether you offer your time, talent or financial contributions, you will make a difference!