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Indy Honor Flight
Veteran visits Washington DC for first time

On October 31, Bob Hurelbrink of Versailles and daughter Diana, along with 178 Indiana veterans and their guardians traveled to Washington D.C. on one of two Indy Honor Flights out of Indianapolis.

Indy Honor Flight is part of the National Honor Flight organization whose mission is to transport America’s veterans to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifice. Indy Honor Flight has taken over 1,200 veterans and this trip marks their 14th and 15th flights. This was Bob’s first trip to Washington D.C. and he truly enjoyed the once in a lifetime experience. The 88 year old was thrilled to see in person so many famous sites that he had only seen on television!

This photo was taken at the WW II Memorial. Bob Hurelbrink is holding a picture of himself in the service taken in Japan. With him are from left granddaughter Ashley Peabody, his daughter Diana Hurelbrink, Stacy Smith and Jessica Watka, granddaughter.

The day began at 4:45 a.m. at Plainfield High School where buses took the veterans and their guardians to the airport. As the plane arrived and taxied to the gate in D.C., the fire department gave the veterans a ceremonial water gun salute and the airport ground crew were waving American Flags. Inside the airport, the veterans were greeted by servicemen and women, a men’s choral group and a huge crowd of flag waving individuals to welcome each and every veteran shaking hands and thanking them for their service. First stop was the World War II Memorial and Kilroy was there! The veterans were then given a bus tour around the city before arriving at the second stop; the Korean Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam War Memorial. The final stop on the tour was Arlington National Cemetery and the changing of the guards, with four Indy Honor Flight Veterans laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. During the bus tour, the veterans were able to see the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial – Iwo Jima Memorial, the Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Smithsonian Institute and many other historical monuments around the National Mall. Indy Honor Flight includes a very unique surprise for the veterans on the flight home. Each guardian was given the task of reaching out to family and friends to send a thank you letter, picture or card to a specific veteran or to any veteran in general. On the flight home, they pass out this mail during a very important part of a military person’s day, Mail Call! Each veteran’s name is announced over the PA system before handing them their mail.
Upon the return to Indianapolis, a police and motorcycle group escorted the buses back to Plainfield High School.

As the veterans entered the school, they were greeted with bag pipers and the halls lined with Boy Scouts, young marines and servicemen and women all holding flags and thanking each and every veteran. Once inside the gym, an emcee announced, to roaring applause, each and every veteran! Talk about an emotional Welcome Home for these men and women!! Bob thanked everyone for their words of kindness, prayers, cards, letters and pictures. These are memories he will cherish for many years to come.

His service
Robert Henry Hurelbrink entered the U.S. Army in 1946 and reported to Ft. McClellan, Alabama, for basic training. On August 17, 1946, Bob boarded the ship for Japan out of New York by way of the Panama Canal and arrived in Yokohoma, Japan on September 12, 1946.

Bob Hurelbrink


Pictured left is Bob Hurelbrink at the recent Versailles Pumpkin Show.

Hurelbrink’s service, while in Yokohoma, included guarding the Provost Marshall’s office, making deliveries as requested, chauffer and mail clerk. The company began their trip back to the United States on September 19, 1947 and arrived at Fort Lawton, Washington on September 30, 1947. Bob was given an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army on October 9, 1947, and received the WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal – Japan.

Bob retired from his full-time occupation of farming last year at the age of 87. He is also retired from the US Postal Service. Bob lives on the 100+ year old family farm in Versailles. He and wife June have two daughters Barbara (Ross) Peabody of Greenwood, Diana Hurelbrink of Cincinnati, four grandchildren, Ashley, Andrew (Megan), Rob (Rachel), and Jessica (Stacy), two great-grandchildren, Mia and Charley.

Creating ‘wonderlands’
Holton artist creates images with spray paint

Mary Mattingly

Give Tyler Emery a $2 can of spray paint, an old poster board, and within minutes he can create a unique piece of art that leaves others in disbelief. Spray paint art is a relatively new type of medium, with roots dating to the 1980s in Mexico.

“I tell people I do art with aerosol. When I say that people go, ‘oh you do graffiti.’ No, this is something you could see in a gallery,” the Holton resident explains. He’s not kidding. Take a look at his art and no one would guess it was done with a spray can you could pick up at a local hardware store. It’s intricate, detailed, and often gets a double take when he’s exhibiting. It’s all original art. One way to describe Emery’s style, as he says, “It’s either “Alice in Wonderland or ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ type art.” He can also go “gothic,” with dark colors and black and whites, or do colorful cosmic galaxies and traditional nature scenes. Sometimes he combines both worlds. It’s basically fantasy art done with a spray can.

Pictured left, Tyler Emery shows off one of his spray can creations.

The 2010 South Ripley graduate discovered this type of art for himself when he was just 10 at the nearby Farmers Fair in Aurora. “Then three or four years ago I went to the Greensburg arts fair and saw Travis Phillips painting and that rekindled the flame. I thought ‘wow, these images were being created with spray paint. That’s incredible.” As any self-respecting millennial might do, he went online to youtube, researched and watched hundreds of spray paint videos. Buying Krylon spray paint, using recycled paper and materials and finding a ventilated room, he started spraying, ‘er, rather painting.

The Madison hairdresser (another creative outlet for him; he graduated in 2011 from Southeastern Career Center) was hooked with the originality and self-expression a can of aerosol allowed. Two years later, and hundreds of aerosol cans later, the 24-yea- old figures he’s made a few thousand paintings. Many he has sold, and many he has given away. “It’s exciting how quick you can create images. I can do a piece in less than five minutes if I want to,” he said. But he often takes much longer, tweaking it as any artist would until the perfectionist in him is satisfied.

Nature scenes are harder to do than sci-fi, he says. Emery has done traditional painting before using multiple mediums from acrylics to graphite, to pen and pencil. “ I was looking at Van Gogh and these art forms that were taking reality, morphing and twisting it. That’s a big deal to me creating these ‘wonderlands.’ Not completely realistic but on the sense of realism… a sense of surrealism,” he says.

Tools of the trade
A spray can artist tools of the trade are not traditional paintbrushes, but things like newspapers or magazines (thicker paper), poster board, cut cardboard and various size bottle caps, a pizza pan, or even a giant garbage can. He’ll shade and blend with a putty knife or sponge brush, a cardboard edge, or his fingertips, perhaps creating a cavern, trees, a silhouette of a person or animal.

“You ‘ve got to create your textures, create your shadows, create your light,” the young artist said. “I’ll take stuff like foam brushes, or newspaper or sea sponges and create my bushes, trees, grass and water.” If creating a beach or ocean scene with a sunset reflection, he’ll use red and oranges for the sun and cover it with a coffee can to seal it from the paint. “For the blues and whites, I’ll use a cut poster board, go back and forth, kind of in a swivel motion to create the water. I will use newspaper to create rock and maybe a palette knife to create highlights.”

Spray paint art is also earth friendly in the sense that you use recycled paper or everyday objects as your tools. Hazen Paper Co. in Osgood has allowed Emery to use their discarded poster board, which he’s grateful for.

“With spray paint, I can create something with anything around me. I don’t care what it is I’ll incorporate it, whatever is on hand, whether a stencil or free handing it,” Emery said. He can use a backdrop as large as a wall or as small as an 8 by 10 canvas. But, Emery stresses, that one thing spray paint artists need is to work in a well-ventilated room for safety reasons. The chemicals and solvents could create a volatile situation. He wears gloves and goggles for protection, and uses a fan when spray painting outside at a fair or exhibit so the crowd isn’t bothered by the overspray.

The son of Chris and Tiffany Emery, the artist is happiest when creating. “Not only can you inspire others doing what you love, but it’s all your own. There are no limits to it,” he says, “It’s all creative freedom.”

He set up shop outside the Tyson Library during the Versailles Pumpkin Show , and had quite a crowd watching as he worked his artistic magic. He has donated some of those paintings to the library. He says to look for his 24 by 30 galaxy sci-fi painting downstairs in the library. Despite a tornado on the first night, he had a lot of success too at a weekend arts fair in Michigan. And he also participated in the Greensburg Tree City Festival. His goal is to travel and share his passion with kids, encouraging them to stay in school, “but to follow your heart and do what you love.” It’s not just about him either. “I try to stay as true to myself as an artist as I can,” and often gives away his art to those in need. “I try to be a good person too.” In the meantime, the young man hopes to inspire others to chase their dream doing what they love. He is quite determined to make it as an artist, to share this art form. “It’s my dream and I won’t stop until I do,” Emery said.

To see more of his work, go to his Facebook page at AboveandBeyond2077 or contact him at

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