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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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,
plants of contrasting colors (Soft Touch Holly and Purple
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
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.
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
IF YOU HAVEN'T ORDERED YOUR
MEMORIAL STONE. . .
As the wall is nearing
completion, we anticipate announcing the date for
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
memorial bricks to other sections of the wall in the