Honoring military personnel
City of Fort Wayne workers hung 16 Blue Star Banners on Tuesday along West Jefferson Boulevard west of downtown. The banners honor:
Staff Sgt. Allissa C. Barnhorst, U.S. Army Reserve and Fort Wayne Police Department
Staff Sgt. Mark Barnhorst, U.S. Army Reserve
Tech. Sgt .Jeremy Chandler, U.S, Air Force Reserve
Lance Cpl. Austin G. Dunakin, U.S. Marine Corps
Staff Sgt. Benjamin H. Fischer, U.S. Army
Lt. j.g. Christopher T. Gerber, U.S. Navy
Master Sgt. Annette L. Graham, U.S. Air Force
Staff Sgt. Cody Gull, U.S. Army
Lance Cpl. Gabriel Jacobson, U.S. Marine Corps
2nd Lt. Cody Miller, U.S. Army
Gunner Mate Jacob Miller, U.S. Navy
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Miller II, U.S. Navy
Sgt. Michael Mitchell, U.S. Marine Corps
Lance Cpl. David Grames Sanchez, U.S Marine Corps
Pfc. Austin P. Vorndran, U.S. Army
1st Lt. Benedict Frank Zilka III, U.S. Army
With family and friends following along, Fort Wayne traffic operations sign division workers hung Blue Star banners Tuesday along West Jefferson Boulevard to honor city residents and employees who currently are deployed with U.S. military units.
Traffic cones kept any passing vehicles out of the outside lane of eastbound Jefferson as the city crew worked from Swinney Park west, hanging a banner every few streetlights.
Mayor Tom Henry announced the program in May, a city news release said. At that time, the city hung the first banner, which honors Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Kiess of the U.S. Army Reserve, who works in the city's Division of Public Works and is deployed overseas.
Family and friends of deployed military personnel are invited to complete a banner application at www.cityoffortwayne.org/bluestarbanner.
After applications are reviewed, banners will be created honoring those service men and women, the news release said. The banners will be hung from April through November along West Jefferson from the Time Corners area to Swinney Park.