A third wooden â€śpatch,â€ť representing class 67-C, was placed in Hangar 25 Air Museum this week. The patches are created by a local artist in recognition and honor of organizations which have served at Webb Air Force Base. To find out how to commission a patch, call 264-1999. (HERALD photo/Amanda Duforat)
Keeping the memory alive can be done several ways at Hangar 25 Air Museum.
Whether you want to make a monetary donation in memoriam of someone, have a name placed on the Wall of Honor or commission a plaque or other monument, there is space available.
â€śWe have several ways people can choose honor their loved ones who have served at Webb,â€ť Museum Administrator Genevieve Stockburger said. â€śReally, anyone who has any connection to Webb or the Hangar can be honored here.â€ť
One of the most recent ways for organizations from Webb to be remembered are wooden patches. Three patches â€” class 67-C, 69-E and 65-A â€” have been commissioned and are now hanging in the Hangar.
â€śEarlier this year, we decided this would be a great way for those who had served at Webb to have a memorial placed in the Hangar to ensure their organizations would be remembered and represented for all to see,â€ť Stockburger said.
Patches can be commissioned for a donation of $500. All of the money is designated as a donation as all the materials and labor for the signs have been donated by local individuals and businesses.
â€śWe are always thinking of unique ideas on how to raise money,â€ť Gloria McDonald, member of the Hangar 25 advisory board, said.
Burcham Signs is providing the boards and installation of them once the patches are completed. A local artist is supplying all the paint and talent for the decorating.
â€śThe patch replicas are meant to memorialize all those who served at Webb, in whatever capacity, whether it be as a cook, maintenance person or any other title,â€ť McDonald said.
The first of the three commissioned patches was installed in April and the final patch was placed Monday afternoon.
â€śHangar 25 is a container of history of what is left from World War II and the Korean Conflict. It is important to keep alive those areas that would otherwise be lost,â€ť McDonald said.
Monetary donations of any size can be made â€śIn Memoriamâ€ť and will be recognized with a thank you card and recognition in the Hangar 25 newsletter. Another way will be to submit a memorial for the Wall of Honor. For a $50 donation, a plaque will be created and placed on the wall inside the museum.
â€śThis is a great way to honor someone,â€ť Stockburger said.
For those wanting to have a monument placed outside Hangar 25, Stockburger said details can be worked out in order to make that type of memorial come to fruition.
â€śWe are looking to place more monuments outside the Hangar. Right now, we have one that was placed by class 67-C,â€ť Stockburgr said.
For more information on any of the memorials, call 264-1999 or visit the website at hangar25airmuseum.com.