Andrea Martin and Tom Riddle with his tailgate, painted by Martin to memorialize Vietnam veterans. (CONTRIBUTED BY ANDREA MARTIN)

Hendersonv­ille woman paints mobile memorials for WNC veterans

The tailgate on Tom Riddle’s 19-year-old truck catches the attention of passers-by as he cruises the streets of Western North Carolina. The tailgate, custom-painted by Andrea Martin in February, features a replication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., altered to show the names of those veterans from the WNC region, as well as throughout the state, who died in the war.