Hometown Heroes banners should be ordered by Feb. 1

Shawn Hardy news@echo-pilot.com
Mike Blank of Harry D. Zeigler VFW Post 6319 held a sample Hometown Heroes banner honoring the Greencastle sailor for whom the post is named during a Greencastle Borough Council meeting last fall. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT

From Arthur Benjamin Zarger Sr., who served in the Army during World War I, to those serving in the military today, more than 40 Hometown Heroes banners have been ordered to be hung along Baltimore Street in Greencastle.

The banners are a joint project of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Harry D. Zeigler VFW Post 6319 and Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373.

The banners are available through the chamber, which would like to have orders placed by Feb. 1. This allows time for mockups, ensuring accuracy and production of the final banners before they are displayed for the first time in May, according to Georgina Cranston, executive director of the chamber.

The banners will be displayed in May in honor of Memorial Day and from Sept. 11 through Veterans Day.

The mission of the project is to "honor and recognize Greencastle-Antrim servicemen and women who are serving, have served or given their lives for our country in the United States armed forces."

"It's going to be great for the community ... to drive down the street and see these heroes," Cranston said.

Anyone who has served or is currently serving and has lived in Greencastle-Antrim at any time is eligible to be honored on a banner.

The cost is $175, which includes the 24- by 60-inch, two-sided vinyl banner produced by FASTSIGNS, hardware, installation, removal, storage and displaying the banner for two years. There will be a small fee to continuing to display a banner after two years.

For information about ordering a Hometown Heroes banner, call the chamber office at 717-597-4610 or email:


An application and more information also can be found on the chamber's website:


Hometown Heroes 

Those already honored with banner orders are:

Anthony J. Angello, Army, 1975-1997

Clifford E. Barnhart, Army, World War II

Stephan C. Barry, Army, Cold War

Leon E. Bingaman Jr., Army, Currently Serving

Benjamin Franklin Bitner, Army (Special Forces), Global War on Terror

Patrick Bontrager, Marines, Global War on Terror

Matthew Christman, Army, Currently Serving

Thomas Ray Cook Jr., Army, Vietnam

Jeffrey L. Cordell, Army, Vietnam Era

Brinton M. Cordell, Navy, World War II

A. Leroy Crist, Army, World War II

Ronald E. Finafrock, Army, Vietnam

Galen M. Hartman, Army, World War II

Thomas C. Herrmann, Army and Army Reserves, Vietnam

James R. Hines II, Army, Currently Serving

Harold M. Hoffman, Army, World War II

Wayne C. Houck, Army, World War II

Joe H. Johnson, Marines, Vietnam

Arno M. Kuykendall, Army, Korean War

Donald R. Martin, Army, World War II

Francis D. McIntire, Army, World War II

George Miller, Army, World War II

Jack Henry Miller, Army, Korean War

Melchor Miller, Army, World War II

Frank L. Mowen, Navy, Korean War

Donald R. Myers, Navy, World War II

Harold "Nick" Nichols, Marines, Vietnam Era

John S. "Jack" Phillippy, Army, Cold War

Charles W. Rinehart Jr., Army, World War II

Leopold F. Ritacco, Navy, World War II

Ronald E. Shafer, Marines, Vietnam

Frederick P. Smith, Army, World War II

Myron A. Starr, Army, Vietnam

Charles H. Statler, Army, World War II

Carl F. Strausner, Army, World War II

Darren M. Strock, Army, Global War on Terror

Richard A. Strock, Marines, Vietnam Era

Edward M. Vaughn, Navy, Vietnam Era

Robert Samuel Zarger, Army, World War II

Richard Adam Zarger, Army Air Corps, World War II

Edward Strite Zarger, Army, World War II

Joseph Franklin Zarger, Army, Korean War

Arthur Benjamin Zarger Jr., Air Force, Korean and Vietnam Eras

Arthur Benjamin Zarger Sr., Army, World War I

Harry D. Zeigler, Navy, World War II