- The Washington Times - Monday, October 24, 2016

Artist and singer Joe Everson painted a depiction of the iconic 1945 Iwo Jima photograph while he sang the national anthem at Saturday’s Toledo Walleye game.

Mr. Everson painted “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” upside down and then flipped it right-side up as he finished singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” revealing the completed image to the crowd’s delight.

Mr. Everson, who owns an art studio in South Carolina, said the attention he’s received since Saturday’s performance has been “surreal.”

“With the elections coming, I noticed a sense of patriotism, a sense of desire to have something like this done,” he told a local Fox News affiliate. “I noticed a great enthusiasm for the fact that the National Anthem was being portrayed in that way.”

“I actually had a cousin who was killed in action and receive the Bronze Star and Purple Heart,” he said.

“I’ve been given so much in this country from other people who have invested in me, from people who fight for the country,” Mr. Everson added. “I hope that people can catch that fever and feel the same way through the music and through the visual.”

He said he donated his last painting to charity and hopes to continue doing so.

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