By Conrad Dudderar
Motorists traveling along Yukon’s Main Street are admiring 45 banners honoring local heroes.
Thirty-five U.S. military veterans, eight first responders and Yukon’s fire and police departments are featured in the second annual “Yukon Salutes” project presented by the Yukon Main Street program.
The tribute banners, featuring a photo and name of each honoree, were unveiled in October on street poles along Route 66 in Yukon.
The presentation was a surprise to some honorees and family members.
“We are recognizing the selfless service to community and country of these 44 ‘hometown heroes’,” Yukon Main Street director Vicki Davis said. “We have so many more that have served and continue to serve.”
The 2021 Yukon Salutes display is a highlight of the city’s observance of “Military Appreciation Month” from Oct. 11 to Nov. 11 and “National First Responders Day” proclaimed Oct. 28.
City of Yukon graphic designer Crystina Stump performed the design work for the colorful banners featured on Main Street.
Worth noting are eight banners that Spanish Cove Retirement Village sponsored for its World War II veterans, including two women who served in the Navy.
There also are banners honoring the Yukon Police Department and Yukon Fire Department.
Featured on the 2021 Yukon Salutes’ tribute banners are:
- Harvey “Hank” Baker – Air National Guard (1985-89)
- Vivian Bassler – Navy (1944), World War II
- Bobbie Gene Bennett – Army (1950-52), Korea
- Baidon Bray – Air Force (2020-Present)
- J.C. Bryan – Army (1942-51), World War II, Korea; Purple Heart
- Lt. Col. (ret.) Rick Cacini – Army (1968-2012), Vietnam, Bosnia, Africa, Afghanistan
- Red Callaway – Navy (1944-64), World War II, Korea
- Kevin Carroll – Navy (2001-09), Global War on Terrorism
- Bill Casper – Army (1942-45), World War II
- Marvin Compton – Army (1944-46), World War II; Bronze Star
- Robert Crane – Marines (1972-78), Vietnam
- Robin Cunningham – Navy (1995-Present), Enduring Freedom
- Jeffrey Davis – Army (1979-2002), Kuwait, Intrinsic Action
- Jeremy Davis – Air Force (2008-Present), Iraqi Freedom
- Maj. Corbyn Duke – Army (2005-Present), Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn
- Ivan Evans – Army (1944-45), World War II; Purple Heart, Bronze Star
- Dewey Farrington – Navy (1957-60)
- Charles Herring – Air Force (1942-66), World War II
- Matt Hofer – Army (1994-99)
- Thomas Hoover – Marines (1996-2004)
- Bob Horrick – Navy (1983-93), Desert Storm
- J.R. Hudson – Army (1966-68), Vietnam
- Jerry Icenhower – Air Force (1966-70), Vietnam
- Bob Keasler – Navy (1943-46), World War II, South Pacific
- Calvin Kolar – Navy (1942-46), World War II, Pacific Ocean Theater
- Robert Mosley – Army (1953-55)
- Carroll Norman – Air Force (1944-73), Army Air Corps – World War II
- Andrew Parker – Navy (2010-Present)
- N.L. “Pritch” Pritchard – Army/Army Air Corps (1944-50), World War II
- John Segress – Army National Guard (1948-91)
- Jerry “Pete” Shelton – Navy
- John Terneus – Navy (1946-48), World War II
- Fred Willett – Navy (1944-45), World War II
- Chad Young – Navy (1995-2017)
- Betty Zeaman – Navy (1944), World War II
- Sgt. Cole Kroutil – Yukon Fire (2013-Present)
- Sgt. David Mayhew – Yukon Fire (2006-Present)
- Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish – Tulsa Police (1996-Present)
- Major (ret.) Evan Fenton – Oklahoma City Fire (1994-2020)
- Officer Kristen Dalgleish – Sand Springs Police (2020-Present)
- Major (ret.) Paul Williams – Oklahoma City Fire (1994-2021)
- Sgt. (ret.) Steve Kroutil – El Reno Police (1986-2007)
- Corp. Zach Hazelbaker – Warr Acres Fire (2016-Present)
- Yukon Police (Est. 1891)
- Yukon Fire (Est. 1899)
ROOM TO GROW …
The Yukon 66 Main Street Association plans to expand the Yukon Salutes’ banner project in 2022.
“We would love to fill our Main Street corridor with both our veterans and first responders,” Davis said. “Our goal next year is to have a full display of 80 banners.”
This year, the cost was $125 to sponsor a new banner. Part of the proceeds collected will be used to buy new “hardware” so more banners can be placed on street poles next year.
“We’ll start taking orders in June,” Davis reported.
If enough banners are sponsored, the display could be extended to Garth Brooks Boulevard south of Main Street.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a Yukon Salutes’ banner for a military service member, veteran, police officer, or firefighter is welcome to call the Yukon Main Street office at (405) 350-5999.