Honoring heroes: Work to begin this summer on Hero Memorial

Officials from Visit Wabash County, in partnership with the City of Wabash, is pleased to announce a Hero Memorial to be installed in late summer 2021. 

The memorial will be located just north of the Wabash River on south Wabash Street and will replace the hero banner program that launched in 2019 and concludes in the fall of 2021.

“The Hero Banner Program was an incredible success,” said Christine Flohr, executive director of tourism for Visit Wabash County who helped manage the project on behalf of the City.  “There are so few lampposts available compared to the number of individuals who wanted to purchase a banner in honor of their loved one, especially when you have to take into account the lampposts that hold Christmas decorations in the winter months. The Mayor and I knew we wanted to come up with another option that would allow for more citizens to show gratitude for those who have served or are currently serving in the military, fire, and safety field.”  

The design for the hero memorial was created by David Hines, local engineer for Schlemmer Brothers Metalworks.  The memorial will include three 7-foot stainless steel pillars with decorative caps.  Each pillar will have the ability to display the names of 252 heroes. 

“The hero banner program was an idea I had seen in another community several years ago and thought it was a wonderful way to pay tribute to those who have served selflessly,” said Mayor Scott Long. “The response was humbling and overwhelming, and we recognized almost immediately that 133 available lampposts weren’t going to be enough going forward.”

The Hero Banner program is slated to end in September of this year, with all of the banners being returned to the purchaser.

The future Hero Memorial will allow for people to purchase a recognition name plate to honor their hero, however, unlike the banners, the recognition plates will be on display permanently.  The cost of the recognition plates along with a grant that was received from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will help cover the expense of the installation of the Hero Memorial and its upkeep.

“I am proud to have served my country and my community in the military and as a police officer,” said Long, “and I will never forget the brothers and sisters that I had the honor to serve alongside.  Let this memorial pay tribute to their sacrifice for generations to come.”

The on-sale date for recognition plates for the new Hero Memorial will be released later this spring by Visit Wabash County who will oversee the new program. 

Posted on 2021 Mar 23