‘Wall’ becomes ‘Hall’ of Heroes

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower

The Hall of Heroes, a program begun as the Wall of Heroes in 2004 at the Airman Leadership School honors the military service of local heroes. There are eight ALS classes held each year, and each class chooses a hero to add to the Hall. The present 16 inductees have, so far, served in WWII, Korea or Vietnam.
These servicemembers are honored for their accomplishments, dedication and sacrifices throughout their military careers.
The first induction was on June 21, 2004 for Santiago Hidalgo.
“This month, Mr. Hidalgo passed away,” said Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing commander, at the induction of Frederick Madera on Aug. 14. “We marked his shadow box, as we have with Mr. [Duey] Langston’s [inductee number two], with a black banner. While they are no longer with us, their places on the wall will make sure their service will not be forgotten.”
Colonel West said there are three objectives of the Hall of Heroes; it pays tribute to extraordinary veterans, provides lasting legacy to these heroes; and provides ALS students with an exemplary role model as well as an opportunity to interact with Americans who have distinguished themselves in their service to their country.
The Hall of Heroes was moved from the ALS to The Landing to provide “greater public access,” said Colonel West. “Our community is interested and supports the preservation of our American heritage.”
The display is available for Cannon visitors.