(Left to Right) Mary Margaret Beasley, Rose Anderson,
Chief of Police Jeff Hazelwood, Mayor Diane Poole, Scotty Corum, GDRC
President, Charles Anderson, Andy Carroll, Jacky Esch, Jim Johnson, &
After receiving approval from the
Gleason Board of Mayor and Alderman to construct the long-planned
Memorial Wall at Gleason's Mike Snider Park on April 14th, 2016
representatives of the Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee and the
Gleason Rotary Club participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on
Wednesday, May 27th.
The location of this brick wall,
will be near the main walkway to the park, in the vicinity of
the children's play area. When completed, it will be some 80 feet in length,
with brick flower boxes
on each end. In the center of the wall will
large rounded brick flower box that will feature a 40-foot tall flag pole
proudly flying a large 8' by 12' American flag.
Special sections at each
end of the wall (as well as a smaller section in the middle of the
wall), are reserved for
Black Granite Memorial Stones (approximately 4 x 7 inches in size)
that serve to remember family members or
others who have passed, to honor others who should be remembered, or those who
have in one way or the other provided significant support for
this very special community project.
It should be noted that some 8,000 bricks for the
construction of the wall have been provided by Boral Brick Company
of Gleason. The concrete for the wall was provided by Gleason Clay
Company (GCC: Cheryl Lehmkuhl, Plant Manager). The actual
construction of the the wall represents a
joint venture involving the Gleason Downtown Revitalization
Committee and the Gleason Rotary Club.
Laying the Foundation for
Ronnie Lawrence Operating
the Tractor; Jeff Hazelwood (in hoodie)
Bobby Hoskins Operating the Excavator
Laying Concrete: Randy Kent and Randy
foundation for the wall was completed (with the help of
Ronnie Lawrence Bobby Hoskins,
Randy Kent and Randy Stafford)
along with contributions of members of the Downtown Revitalization
Committee and Rotary Club and a range of others who have contributed
both their time, energy and skills to this endeavor.
The construction of the wall is
currently underway, with skilled Gleason bricklayers Darrell Bell and David
Hopper contributing their time and skills (in addition to their
other work responsibilities) to finish the remaining work on the
wall is scheduled for
completion a bit later in the fall, at which time a date for the
formal dedication of the wall will be announced.
Gleason Bricklayers Extraordinary
David Hopper and
Darrell and David Laying Brick With Others
in a Supporting Role
Done for the day -
First Section of the Wall Behind Us !
Food and General Support Group
If You Work You Need
to Eat !
The Wall is "Moving on Up"
October Update !