Hangar 25 'patches' honor those who served

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. “We have several ways people can choose honor their loved ones who have served at Webb,” Museum Administrator Genevieve Stockburger said. “Really, anyone who has any connection to Webb or the Hangar can be honored here.”One of the most recent ways for organizations from Webb to be remembered are wooden patches. Three patches — class 67-C, 69-E and 65-A — have been commissioned and are now hanging in the Hangar. “Earlier 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,” 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. “We are always thinking of unique ideas on how to raise money,” 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. “The 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,” McDonald said. The first of the three commissioned patches was installed in April and the final patch was placed Monday afternoon.“Hangar 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,” McDonald said. Monetary donations of any size can be made “In Memoriam” 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. “This is a great way to honor someone,” 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. “We are looking to place more monuments outside the Hangar. Right now, we have one that was placed by class 67-C,” Stockburgr said. For more information on any of the memorials, call 264-1999 or visit the website at hangar25airmuseum.com.