GALION — The American Legion Auxiliary Post 243 assumed responsibility for the Military Banner program this year. The banners are a vibrant representation honoring Galion’s veterans by their family members and friends. They are displayed on Harding Way and in Heise Park.
The American Legion is particularly grateful for the help and advise they received from the following: Tanesha Pickering, Galion History Center, Craig Alguire and Leesa from Photorama, and Jerry Pangborn of the Galion Line Department.
There are a total of 197 banners on display between the Heise Park and Harding Way East and West, from Gill Avenue to East Street.
Take a stroll through Heise Park and admire the banners honoring the brave men and women who served in the United States military.
Heise Park – North Side Facing East
Elwin Casey Jones (Gold Star, indicating he died while serving), Gordon R. Finnegan, John C. Stinehelfer, Richard (Ike) Eichler, Ralph Clinton McFarland Jr., William E. Wiggins, Stanley Zeger Jr., Adam M. Topper, John Wisler, Cpl. Timothy A. Ward Sr., Carrie (Schumacher) Moneysmith
Heise Park – North Side Facing West
Don Diosi Sr., Donald Corbin, Joseph M. Rosella, Wayne Keith Gray, William G. Suver, Kenneth Ramsey, Emil L. Jones, James E. Smith, GmSgt. William J. Spencer, Donald B. St. Clair, Bart Wegesin
Heise Park – South Side Facing West
Vincent J. Smith, Edward A. Smith, William T. Weber, Jacob F. (Jack) Ackerman, Clayton Ray Clark, Jack R. Rodeheaver, Hugh Black,
CPO Jack S. Dabney, Thomas E. Noble, Willis T. Colestock, Jerry Skaggs, Douglas W. Loan, Joshua E. Welsh, George Wisler, Tom Reid, Christopher Love, J. David Smith
Heise Park South Side Facing East
Ralph E. Schreck Sr., Stacey A. (Moneysmith) Utt, Donald O. Heimlich, Krista Ann (Wirick) Medina, Jeffrey E. Topper, Russell L. Miller, Clifford Kieffer, Bill Wisler, Ivan H. Beck, Renee Bodkins, Kenneth E. Jones, Nelson E. Jones, Lloyd Slone, Timothy A. Finnegan, Kenneth Henkel, Robert E. Straka, Arch Whited
Heise Park – Adjacent Sidewalk Facing West
Howard Logan Sr., H. Eugene Straub, Carl Petras
Heise Park – Adjacent Sidewalk Facing East
Sherman Perry, Russell E. Suver, John Francisco
There are many more banners located on the lamp posts on Harding Way – starting on Harding Way East at East Street (Tubby’s Pizza).
Harding Way East @ East Street – North Side
Charles Dille, Robert L. Ruth, Kimberly Blankenship Egbert, Tracy S. Hedrick, Todd Logan, Angelo A. Farina, James Hoffman, John D. Stroup, Robert A. Noonan, Curtis L. Ray, Richard Wise
Victor Leroy Hardy, William R. Haga, Msg Rick Garverick, Clyde Hall, Taylor Johnson, Varion J. Wirick, John S. Stumpf, Joseph Pangallo, John E. Stinehelfer, James Glenn, Patrick LaForest, William Sipe
Harding Way East @ Train Tracks – North Side
Shawn Sallee, James I. Cass, Jack H. Williams Sr., Franklin D. Kitchen, Clyde Bates, John Bates, Roger Stall, Chip H. Kiser, Kyle Martin, Lewis H. Alkire, Terry McPeek, William S. Maynard, Oakley M. Monk
Wayne Kirkbride, Raymond M. Russell, Edwin E. McCleese, Joseph C. Beck, Paul E. Sherman, Richard Wiggins, Michael C. Jarvis, Sgt. Lawrence L. Iles, Kenneth E. Hayes, Ron Gerhrisch, Charles H. Danner, Paul R. Haas, Gary E. Wirick
Harding Way West @ Public Square – North Side
MSgt Stephen B.Iles, Dick Stowe, Christ Brown, Clarence Jerry Buchanan, Warren Johnson, Lowell E. Eusey, SFC Dustin Tomecko, Cpl. Jeremy E. Blevins, James D. Scalera, SSgt. Ashley Switzer
Thomas Swaim, John L. Schneider, Gene Albert Frank, Ron Snyder, Julie A. (Suver) Knightstep, George Francisco, Lewis H. Loan, John Poth, Bud H.S. Logan, Homer J. Knightstep