JUNCTION CITY — Neil Gordon served in the U.S. Marine Corps and recently had the opportunity to see his hometown hero banner fly on the streets of Junction City. The banner was a surprise organized by his wife, Wilma, and family to give recognition to his service.
The Gordon’s children were instrumental in getting the banner paid for and set in place. They all pulled the money together in order to pay for Neil’s Hometown Hero banner. The weekend before the Fourth of July was when his banner was put up. The banner is currently placed near the James E. Fisher Post 376 in Junction City.
“He is just a very proud military person,” daughter-in-law Holly Gordon said.
Gordon’s family was not aware of the Hometown banners but after realizing the banners were available, his family took the initiative in order to honor his service in the Marine Corps.
Holly went to the commander of the James E. Fisher Post 376 and explained how they wanted to honor the 87-year-old veteran. With the help of the post commander, Jim Freisner, they were able to put up Gordon’s banner before the Fourth of July celebrations.
“He has always been very patriotic and proud of his service and we are just proud of him and we wanted to honor that,” Holly told The Perry County Tribune.
Neil Gordon was born and raised in Junction City and, according to Holly, he was very happy and excited to see his Hometown Hero banner hanging in the town he was raised in. The American Legion Post Honor Guard paid for the brackets for the banner.
The American Legion Post has also been hanging up other banners in town as well. Freisner stated that they have been hanging up banners since May and will continue to do so until October. He also stated that he still has 11 more banners left to place.
Frienser stated that he knew Gordon through the American Legion Post where they have attended several times and always seemed to have a good time talking and dancing.
“I am in my 40s, I wish I could move like he could,” Freisner said.
Holly showed Freisner a picture of Neil looking at his banner for the first time during the Fourth of July celebration. Neil has become ill as of late so Holly and the rest of his family were very thankful he had the opportunity to see his banner before he went to the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.
“To me if you can honor any vet, that is a great honor to me,” Freisner said.