ArcelorMittal Weirton pays tribute to veterans
When a group of residents approached the city of Weirton with an idea to honor local veterans, ArcelorMittal Weirton offered something special to support the project.
The idea was to line the city’s main streets with light pole banners paying tribute to the town’s residents who served our country in the armed forces.
Community member Chris Connell saw something similar while traveling in another state, and she felt strongly that Weirton’s veterans deserved similar recognition.
Connell partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and a company that prints the banners, and ArcelorMittal Weirton helped figure out how the banners would be best displayed. A team of mechanical maintenance technicians in the facility’s MEU division spent time this spring fabricating custom brackets to hang the banners.
Nearly 200 banners have been hung throughout the city in fantastic tribute to Weirton’s beloved men and women who have served.
“Our employees were happy and proud to contribute their time and skills to such a worthy cause. The finished product of seeing the banners hanging throughout Weirton stirred a feeling of pride in everyone in the MEU division,” explained Bob Olszewski, central maintenance manager who oversaw the project.
The banners, measuring two by three feet, include the names, information and photos of honored veterans. A map with all of the banner locations is published at www.troopbanners.com/Weirton.
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