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The Mike Snider Park Memorial Wall

A way to memorialize loved ones for generations to come !


Jim Johnson


(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, & Lynne Shores.


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 be a 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, will contain 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. A smaller section in the middle of the wall is reserved for memorial stones of those who have served in the military.

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 the Wall

Ronnie Lawrence Operating the Tractor; Jeff Hazelwood (in hoodie)

Bobby Hoskins Operating the Excavator

Laying Concrete:  Randy Kent and Randy Stafford


The 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


Gleason Bricklayers Extraordinary

David Hopper and Darrell Bell


Foundation Completed:


 Darrell and David begin Laying Brick With Others in a Supporting Role


Done for the first day - First Section of the Wall Behind Us !


Food and General Support Group


Memorial Wall Update - October 2016!


Memorial Wall Update - April, 9 2017


Brick Layer extraordinaire, Darrell Bell, placed 108 Black Memorial bricks on the area of the wall located just above the right flower box.


Memorial Wall Update - April, 9 2017


Darrell also placed another 72 Black Memorial bricks in the area of the wall located just above the Left flower box. We currently have room for another 15 memorial stones at this end of the wall.

Memorial Wall Update - June 20, 2017


Today, members of the Gleason Downtown Revitalization make a major push toward the completion of the Mike Snider Park Memorial Wall.


With the help of Rodney Garner and his backhoe, the flower boxes at each end of the wall were filled with dirt making it possible to begin landscaping, using plants of contrasting colors (Soft Touch Holly and Purple Queens) against a white marble rock background.



Ross Chandler, owner of Performance Steel, volunteered his time and expertise with heavy machinery to dig the very large hole necessary to hold the ground sleeve for the forty-foot flag pole that will grace the center of the wall.

The next step involved filling the hole containing the ground sleeve with concrete and preparing the larger foundation that will support the accompanying granite stone and plaque associated with the flag.


Looking Forward

As can be seen here, we are moving rapidly toward the wall's completion. We currently have many additional memorial bricks that have been purchased and engraved, which will be placed in the space above the flower box located on the left side of the wall.  Others, for those who have previously served in the military, will be placed in the center section located behind the American flag. 


Plans are for these additional memorial bricks to be added shortly, along with caps for each of the brick posts that make up the wall, for the flag pole to erected, and for the center flower box, containing the flag pole to be landscaped.




As the wall is nearing completion, we anticipate announcing the date for its dedication shortly.

For those who have not purchased their memorial bricks in time for them to be engraved and included on the wall by the time of its dedication, given sufficient interest, we anticipate being able to add additional memorial bricks to other sections of the wall  in the future.




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