Practically 220 Hometown Hero banners line Greencastle streets, honoring the army service of native residents from World Battle I by the current.
The faces of women and men from Greencastle and Antrim Township present a slide present as motorists drive by and as individuals stroll the tree-lined streets.
Now some Greencastle-Antrim Excessive College college students are working to map out the areas of the banners and inform the tales of the honorees.
That is the beginning of a long-term undertaking for the Blue Satan Students, the G-AHS chapter of the Rho Kappa, the nationwide social research honor society.
Rho Kappa at work
The G-A chapter of Rho Kappa was shaped in 2019 beneath the management of social research lecturers Meagan Brockway and James Thomas.
It didn’t get off to a operating begin. The primary induction was held on March 12, 2020, and the subsequent day, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered colleges to be shut down attributable to COVID-19.
After G-A colleges reopened for 2020-21, they brainstormed issues the Blue Satan Students might do inside COVID-19 tips and nonetheless be concerned locally, Brockway stated.
The Blue Satan Students linked with the Hometown Hero banner program, which was launched in 2020 by Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Publish 373, Harry L. Zeigler VFW Publish 6319 and the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.
Earlier this spring on a digital Wednesday, the Blue Satan Students went to the chamber workplace, cleaned the banners which had been saved over the winter and arranged them by branches of the service for placement by Greencastle’s public works division.
“I used to be very grateful when Mrs. Brockway and Mr. Thomas launched this undertaking, as a result of army appreciation hits very near house for me,” stated Taylor Appenzellar, president the the G-A Rho Kappa chapter, in an electronic mail. She famous a number of shut household buddies are at present within the army, and her boyfriend is heading to Air Power fundamental coaching this month.
“I coincidentally truly was in command of serving to to put the residents of Greencastle who served within the Air Power on the poles round city,” she stated. “I needed to do it for all of these women and men who served, are at present serving, and need to serve for our nation’s freedom. I used to be so grateful for this chance and grateful for individuals who allowed me to do that for the army group in Greencastle.”
Along with the Air Power, additionally represented on the banners are the Military, Military Air Corps, Military Corps of Engineers, Military Infantry, Military Nationwide Guard, Military Particular Forces, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy.
“I was particularly part of the cleansing and organizing group, the place we took all the banners and wiped them down, then organized them by department and wrote down all the names,” wrote McKenzie Shatzer, Rho Kappa board member. “My favourite a part of that was seeing all of those totally different individuals and faces which can be/have been part of our group that haven’t solely served us, however served our nation. It was additionally fascinating to see names or faces that I acknowledged, and but didn’t know that they served.”
It shocked her how massive and heavy the banners are.
“I’m trying ahead to seeing the banners all through city, as they assist to create the hometown really feel that I really like about Greencastle,” she stated.
“I felt superb serving to the group and seeing how my work paid off ultimately. I cherished attending to see the images on the posters, and it was superb to see how many individuals from our group have served for our nation,” wrote Emma Bathgate, a member of the glory society. “I’m very excited to see how pleased these posters will make households and to know that my work will eternally have an effect on our small city whether or not or not the posters are up or not.”
Honoring the heroes
When the Hometown Hero undertaking began final spring, 89 banners have been positioned round heart sq. and alongside Baltimore and Washington streets.
This 12 months, 218 banners went up, with further areas on Carlisle, Washington, and Leitersburg streets in addition to Ridge Avenue.
The banners circling Middle Sq. signify service members from the group who have been killed in motion:
Grasp Sgt. Benjamin F. Bitner, U.S. Military Particular Forces, World Battle on Terror
Sgt. Frank L. Carbaugh, U.S. Military, World Battle I
Pvt. Winfield G. Carey, U.S. Military, World Battle I
Pfc. Thomas R. Cook dinner Jr., U.S. Military, Vietnam
Pfc. Randy T. Kendle, U.S. Military, Vietnam
Pfc. William Ok. Mayhugh, U.S. Military, Korea
Pfc. Jack H. Miller, U.S. Military, twenty ninth Infantry, Korea
Employees Sgt. Harry R. Pensinger, U.S. Military, World Battle II
Pvt. Junior Reese, U.S. Military, World Battle II
Pfc. Frederick P. Smith, U.S. Military, World Battle II
Pfc. Miles E. Wagner Jr., 2nd Infantry Division thirty eighth infantry Regiment, Korea
Pfc. David Witmer, U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam
Seaman Harry D. Zeigler, U.S. Navy, World Battle II
“The banners are a strong illustration of previous and current servicemen and ladies within the Greencastle-Antrim group which have served our nation,” Greencastle Borough Supervisor Emilee Little wrote in her Could report.
At its Could 3 assembly, borough council accepted a $2,000 donation for the set up of the banners. That is the second 12 months a pair, who requested to stay nameless, paid for the deployment of the banners.
Details about ordering a Hometown Hero banner is on the market from the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, 717-597-4610 or email@example.com
‘Historical past is everlasting’
Getting the banners prepared is simply the primary chapter for the Blue Satan Students, who might be mapping their areas for a digital tour through Google maps. Individuals finally will have the ability to discover a service member and click on to see a mini-banner and study extra about them.
Some data is being gleaned from “Conococheague: Historical past of the Greencastle-Antrim Neighborhood, 1736-1971,” by the late William P. Conrad, Greencastle historian and college superintendent. Brockway stated it’s a dream to write down the remainder of the e book after it stops in 1971.
Members of Rho Kappa additionally might be gathering data within the spirit of Nationwide Public Radio and StoryCorps. Brockway and James have a utilized for a grant for microphones to document not solely tales about veterans, however different recollections of Greencastle residents.
Their concepts embody recording throughout occasions like Outdated Residence Week, with subjects comparable to “What Was Your Dad’s Promenade Like?” and “Greencastle within the Nineteen Sixties,” James defined. Finally this data, too, might be linked to Google maps.
“Historical past is everlasting and we’ll construct on this,” Brockway stated. “Ten years down the street somebody can pull it up and find out about historical past.”
One other Blue Devils Scholar undertaking is getting youthful youngsters keen on historical past.
Unique plans for in-person engagement flipped to e-learning with the pandemic.
They’re placing collectively kits on Winston Churchill for third- and fourth-graders, full with books concerning the one-time British prime minister together with video readings. The kits additionally embody step-by-step directions on how to attract Churchill in addition to the Union Jack, the flag of the UK.
“The youngsters actually stepped as much as make issues work throughout COVID,” Thomas stated.
Subsequent 12 months, Egyptian hieroglyphics might be featured.
“We’re historical past geeks, that is what we do,” Brockway stated.